Mathews drops and stops Woodhouse in four, Fielding claims another title

Phil Jay 21/09/2013

Derry Mathews retained his Commonwealth lightweight belt with a fourth round stoppage win at Liverpool’s famous Olympia venue over former footballer Curtis Woodhouse.

The likeable scouser did exactly when he predicted pre-fight and used his strength and superior power to overwhelm Woodhouse, halting him after a hard right hand from which he never recovered.

Mathews, 29, lived up to his entertaining reputation once again and now moves onwards and upwards as Yorkshireman Woodhouse drops a sixth defeat from his 25 professional contests.

Also on the card, home fighters Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith had early nights and both picked up titles into the bargain as they scored first round stoppages over Mohammed Akrong and Patrick Mendy respectively.

Fielding won the Commonwealth super-middleweight title, with Smith securing the English version at 168lbs, whilst brother Liam Smith made it four brothers holding domestic belts by out-pointing Erick Ochieng 117-112 (twice) and 116-111 to gain the British 154lb crown.