Despite coming up short against Gavin ‘The Rock’ Rees on the undercard of Saturday’s Kell Brook/Carson Jones bout, Liverpool’s Derry Matthews may be about to challenge for the IBF lightweight title.
Matthews is being lined up for an October bout with Mzonke Fana in South Africa for the vacant IBF title, with the fight set to secure the biggest payday in the up and down career of Matthews.
Whilst the chance to challenge for a world title is usually the end goal for a fighter and is the representation of their hard work in the ring, promoter Eddie Hearn is in two minds whether to go ahead with the bout, reaffirming the stance he took on Saturday night that Matthews should fight for the British and European titles again.
Rees is set to relinquish both crowns as he himself goes in search of world honours, and with both vacant Hearn is looking to match Matthews with either John Murray or Anthony Crolla in the autumn for the titles.
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The offer of a long term contract with Hearn’s Matchroom Sport may be enough to convince Matthews that going the domestic and European route first will be more beneficial. But if Matthews does fight Fana it will cap off an up and down year for the Scouser, having lost in an attempt to secure the IBO title back in January before adding another blemish to the record of the highly rated Anthony Crolla en route to securing the British title.
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