PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT DERRY MATHEWS says he has what it takes to win a world title ahead of British rival Kevin Mitchell.

The Liverpool hero challenges tough Cuban WBA king Richar Abril for his crown at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday March 6 and he realises that a win will turn his life around. He is not going to blow his chance.

Derry Mathews

Promoter Frank Warren has previously delivered Mitchell two golden opportunities to challenge for world titles - an interim WBO World Lightweight title shot on his doorstep at West Ham United against Michael Katsidis and then a second chance against then WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in Glasgow. He was shot down inside three and four rounds, respectively.

"I've worked hard for all of my career for this one big chance and I'm not going to mess it up. These opportunities don't come around often and Frank's got me Richar Abril for the WBA World title in my home city, so I know that I've got to be in the best shape of my life and give it everything I've got," said Mathews.

"I've got home advantage, it's in front of my own fans, and I believe that I can do it. I'm concentrating on Abril first, but I know that a win will set up mega-fights in the British lightweight division. Also, if Mitchell wants it down the line, I'm a fighting man and will fight anywhere, anytime."

The IBF World Super-Flyweight Championship between Zolani Tete and Paul Butler and the WBA World Lightweight Championship between Richar Abril and Derry Mathews headline the Mersey Boys show that also features:

  • Liam Smith's vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title challenge
  • Kevin Satchell's defence of the European Flyweight Championship
  • Jazza Dickens v Josh Wale for the vacant British Super Bantamweight Championship
  • Jack Catterall's defence of the WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship
  • The return of Tom Stalker in an eight-round contest
  • Stephen Lewis in a six-round contest