Tony Luis: Derry Mathews was cagey, did enough to survive but not to win

Tom Casino

Lightweight contender Tony Luis has been given his return date just days after losing out to Derry Mathews for the vacant interim WBA title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Taking the fight only last Monday, the 27 year-old lost for the third time in 22 contests against the experienced Mathews, but will have enhanced his reputation with the way he fought after flying from the UK to the UK only three days prior.

“I know I could’ve fought better and have things to work that could have made it an easier fight for me, but do I think I won? – Absolutely,” Luis told World Boxing News.

“Derry did what he had to do to survive in there but not enough to win. He was cagey and made the fight look more competitive than it was, but I guess that’s what a veteran is supposed to do.

“The referee enabled him to get away with things he wouldn’t get away with anywhere else but in the UK. But, there are things I will do to improve my game and come back stronger. I will be back!”

Luis will return as early as June 26 at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in New York in a ten round contest as the Canadian puts the wheels in motion for what he hopes will be another world title shot in the very near future.

A fight with Ira Terry was on the cards before Luis got the call to face Mathews, but after ‘Mr Showtime’ was blasted out in a round by Ismael Barroso in his place, the rescheduling of that fight may now be off the table.