Derry Mathews stopped Tommy Coyle to win the vacant Commonwealth title
Derry Mathews won the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title with a stunning 10th round stoppage of Tommy Coyle.
By Adam Norman
Last Updated: 14/07/13 3:07pm
Mathews went into the contest as favourite but it was the younger man from Hull who bossed the fight from the outset.
Coyle controlled a high tempo that the 29-year-old from Liverpool was unable to match, the local hero pouring on the pressure with hurtful blows to the body and chopping right hooks.
Mathews had his successes but Coyle generally had the final word in the exchanges and he was well ahead on all three scorecards going into the 10th round.
Mathews was looking jaded as Coyle dug in some big right hands but the 23-year-old was careless enough to allow his opponent to land a flush left hook that put him down.
Coyle beat the count but the referee was not at all happy that he could defend himself and promptly waved the fight off.
"I was terrible tonight, this man was outstanding," Mathews told Sky Sports. "He bullied me today, I've got a lot of respect for him - this man will come again.
"But like I've said before I'm one of the biggest hitters around."
On the same show at Hull KR's MS3 Craven Park middleweight Anthony Ogogo stopped Gary Boulden in the fifth of scheduled six-round contest.
The Olympic bronze medallist had his opponent down in the fourth and although it wasn't ruled a knockdown Boulden was clearly in trouble.
Ogogo stepped it up in the fifth as he increasingly looked to land the long right hand, and a volley of accurate shots saw referee Howard Foster step in and call the fight off.
There were also routine stoppage wins for John Ryder and Curtis Woodhouse, while English super-middleweight Rocky Fielding went all four rounds with late stand-in Darren McKenna.