EXCLUSIVE: Ending retirement would be selfish, admits Derry Mathews, 35,

Briar Schreiber 26/01/2019

Derry Mathews, in an exclusive interview with WBN, teased a boxing comeback but admitted it would be for ‘selfish’ reasons.

The 35-year-old former British and Commonwealth title holder has been retired since a 2017 defeat to the controversial Ohara Davies.

And before the Davies defeat came back-to-back losses against world level fighters in Luke Campbell and Terry Flanagan.

With the bouts against the likes of Anthony Crolla, Gavin Rees, Tommy Coyle, Davies, Campbell and Flanagan, it’s fair to say the Liverpudlian didn’t duck any challenge during his 14-year professional career.

However, when asked about a potential ring return, a tentative Mathews refused to rule the possibility out.

“In this game, you can never say never. But at the moment, I’m retired,” Mathews told World Boxing News.

“I’m always active and busy, but I look at that welterweight division and I think, ‘there’s room for me to make a comeback in there’.”


The former interim World Boxing Association World lightweight title holder keeps himself occupied with family, business and the Derry Mathews Boxing Academy in his native Liverpool.

“I’d have to speak with my family, my friends and my management team. But at this moment, I’m happy to be retired.

“I’m enjoying the coaching role. I’m enjoying being part of the next generation coming through.

“If I was to fight again, I’d be being selfish.

“I’ve got a 14-year-old son who I haven’t really seen grow up because I’ve been in training camps and fighting around the world.

“It’s about spending time with him now and my 20-month-old daughter. I don’t want to be away from them.

“It’s been a hard job, being all over the world as a fighter. I’d miss my kids if I’m honest,” he added.

James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73