Derry Mathews rules out third fight with Anthony Crolla

Former British lightweight champion Derry Mathews has today explained to WBN his intention to go in a different direction to Anthony Crolla. The former world title challenger has moved to distance himself from talk of a third fight with the Mancunian after the pair fought out a draw at the Echo Arena on Saturday night.

The 29 year-old had previously stopped Crolla in six rounds last year and Mathews now questions what he has to gain from another instalment with ‘Million Dollar’ after scoring a win and a stalemate over the two battles.

“I don’t see the point in fighting Crolla again,” Mathews told World Boxing News.

“He has tried to beat me twice and failed twice, so now he should try and fight someone below me as he couldn’t beat me.”

Crolla, 26, was adamant that the first clash between the two was ended prematurely, and despite neither fighter picking up the Commonwealth title at the weekend, will surely feel he deserves another crack at Mathews – which now looks unlikely.