Anthony Crolla vs Derry Mathews: April 21
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:50
Written by Boxing News
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:47
ANTHONY CROLLA will head Hatton Promotions top class bill at Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday April 21
British lightweight champion Crolla (23-2) makes the second defence of his title against Derry Mathews (29-6-1) in a mouth-watering North-West clash.
Crolla, 25, became a Lonsdale belt holder when he stopped John Watson 12 months ago, and in his solitary defence outscored Willie Limond.
Hatton said: “Anthony is arguably the most improved fighter in Britain and moving towards world class rapidly.
“He is growing into the weight, maturing and the performance against Limond was one of the most dominant by a British champion last year.
“He won’t have it easy against Derry who always comes to fight and most probably knows this could be his final big chance.”
The show will also feature a British cruiserweight title eliminator between Blackpool’s Matt Askin (13-0) and Birtley’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson (9-2).
Hatton added: “I see Matt training at my gym and he is a real talent who will become British champion later this year.
“Provided he beats Dickinson I hope the British Boxing Board of Control make him mandatory contender to face the winner of the title fight between Shane McPhilbin and Enzo Maccarinelli.”
More fights will be added in the coming week and the event is set to be one of the best cards in the north-west in 2012.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets gon on sale at 9am TOMORROW (FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY). They are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling the Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222 , Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500 , Ticketline 0844 888 9991 , any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com