Derry Mathews

Commonwealth lightweight champion Derry Mathews has signed a long-term contract with Queensberry Promotions.

Mathews, who was with Frank Warren's old company Sports Network between 2003 and 2008, will box for his new promoters for the first time in his home city of Liverpool on December 7.

The 30-year-old made successfully defended his crown against former footballer Curtis Woodhouse last month, scoring a fourth round stoppage.

He said: "I'm delighted to sign with Queensberry Promotions in a deal that will see me end my career with my original promoter Frank Warren. 

"It was the best deal put forward to me by far, no other promoter came close to what Frank and his son Francis came up with and I just couldn't refuse. 

"It was about being looked after and I'm really happy with the deal. I'm back in my home city and headlining on a great show which will be live on BoxNation and I can't wait."

Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotion said: "We're delighted to conclude this deal with Derry and look forward to him featuring on a fantastic show in his home city at the Echo Arena on Saturday 7th December alongside the other big names of Merseyside boxing. 

"Derry has proved himself to be one of the most exciting fighters in Britain, a fact recognised by the British Boxing Board of Control who recently nominated his rematch against Anthony Crolla as domestic fight of the year. 

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"The British lightweight division is talent-packed with great fights that can be made for Derry and we will also pursue opportunities for him on the world stage."

Derry Mathews

10/10/2013 20:41:19