Derry Mathews turns up the heat on Scott Harrison

Phil Jay 05/07/2012

Derry Mathews is known for loving a good war and has the makings of one on his hands this weekend against Gavin Rees. The Scouser is then open to a highland battle with another former world champion in Scott Harrison after witnessing his return last week in Glasgow.

The current Lonsdale belt holder is attempting to take Welshman Rees’ European title at the weekend and is then willing to put it on the line against ‘The Real McCoy’ north of the border on his home soil.

“I thought he was in terrific shape for someone who had been out the game seven years,” Mathews told World Boxing News.

“I thought he looked well, although opponent was poor standards.”

Mathews added: “I’d be more than willing to fight Harrison up in Scotland. I love hard fights and the people of Scotland have been brilliant to me so I would love to pay them back with a great fight up there.

“It’s like my second home and I’d say am liked more than Harrison is up there,” he joked.

Mathews, 28, stunned Anthony Crolla last time out with an impressive fifth round stoppage win and there is no doubt that the Mancunian will be hoping to get a rematch with ‘Dirty’ Derry, win or lose in Sheffield.

The Harrison fight would stir a lot of interest though as fight fans who are pleased to see the former WBO featherweight champion back in the ring following his personal troubles want to see what he has left and Mathews would certainly give an indication of that if they met.