Luke Campbell to fight Derry Mathews on October 15
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 23/08/16 6:12pm
Luke Campbell will take on former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Derry Mathews in Liverpool on October 15 - live on Sky Sports.
Olympic champion Campbell (14-1-KO11) has bounced back from December's shock split decision defeat to Yvan Mendy by stopping Gary Sykes and outpointing Argenis Mendez and now faces the experienced Mathews.
"This is exactly the kind of fight I have been looking for and doing it in his back yard is even more exciting," said Campbell. "I feel like I am starting to reach the peak of my professional career and Derry has some great wins on his record. I'm expecting it to be my toughest fight yet.
"This fight will engage the British public and that's what I want, to entertain the fans and give them the big domestic title fights that can be made. My camp is underway in Miami and I can't wait for a huge night on October 15 in Liverpool."
Mathews (38-10-KO20) was last in action in March, when he was unanimously outpointed by WBO world champion Terry Flanagan but believes he'll have too much know-how for his 28-year-old opponent when they meet at the Echo Arena.
"I don't back out of fights, especially in my home city, it's a great fight for me and one I can't wait for," said Mathews.
"I'll take anyone on, and it's an opportunity to fight in my home city against a world-class fighter. I think this has come too early for him.
"When I win this fight it's going to open doors for bigger and better things, the lightweight scene is thriving at the moment and there's plenty of life in this old dog, believe me.
I'm always the underdog against the Matchroom fighters but I come out on top and that's going to continue. I think Eddie's put Luke in too deep here.
"Luke has had it all his own way in the pros so far, he's been beaten by a guy he was expected to beat and he's never been in with a puncher like me and someone that's going to take him into deep waters. He was a fantastic amateur but the pro game is different and I don't think that he's settled in as a pro as he wanted to.
"Luke will experience things he's never faced before and I believe I can beat him otherwise I wouldn't have taken the fight. People might look at my age and the number of fights I've had, but I still feel fresh and I live the right life, and I'm prepared to dig deep and do what I need to get the win.
"I don't know what it is with Eddie [Hearn] and his fighters. For some reason he wants to get me beaten up but it never works! I always get the win. I'm always the underdog against the Matchroom fighters but I come out on top and that's going to continue,
"I think Eddie's put Luke in too deep here and I'll beat another one of his guys. I want to thank my management team at MGM for making this fight with Eddie."
Watch Campbell v Mathews as part of Tony Bellew v BJ Flores for the WBC world cruiserweight title - live and exclusive on Sky Sports on October 15.