Scouse boxers aim to put on hometown treat

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Steven Lewis with his trainer Derry Mathews. Pic © Jordan Reais JMU Journalism

A host of Scouse boxers looked fit and ready as they opened their training session to the public ahead of an action-packed programme of bouts at the weekend.

All the local MTK Global fighters were at Derry Mathews’ gym for a special workout ahead Friday’s ‘Mersey Beatdown’ night to be held at Greenbank Sports Academy, near Sefton Park.

It gave some of Liverpool’s renowned talent the chance to show off their form, with Sam Maxwell, Ged Carroll, Steven Lewis, Johnny Quigley and Al Dickinson among those set to take to the ring.

Former British champion Mathews is eager to ensure that regular challenges give his stable a platform to prove themselves, and he is excited about the upcoming event.

He told JMU Journalism: “The atmosphere will be bouncing. I am hoping it will be the start of something big and I can start promoting a few more shows. I want to set up a few local derbies – that’s what boxing fans want; getting lads from other stables to fight each other.”

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Commonwealth Games medallist, Sam Maxwell, is returning to the ring in Liverpool for the first time since October 2016, off the back of a recent win against Oszkar Fiko.

Steven Lewis and Johnny Quigley featured on the last card in the city two years ago, and they are both looking to get back to their winning ways after two losses in previous fights.

Mersey Beatdown fight night poster Steven Lewis with his trainer Derry Mathews. Pic © MTK Boxing

Heavyweight Al Dickinson aims to maintain his unbeaten streak in his professional career. He told JMU Journalism: “I am looking forward to the fight. Obviously, you treat ever opponent the same, and when you get into the ring its always 50/50. The fight camp has been going well – I am at the top of my game and hopefully I can get another win under my belt.

“It’s great to finally be on a card in Liverpool. My past two fights have been in Belfast and obviously the support’s been great, but fights in your home town are what you want.”

Another promising Liverpudlian, lightweight Ged Carroll, is also aiming to  looking to keep his unbeaten streak in his sixth professional fight the city, saying “Sparring’s been going great. I’ve had a few problems with my hands, but they’re all ironed out now.

“I am eager to go and really looking forward to it. I’m lucky enough to have fought in Liverpool a few times now, and I know how good it is to have that crowd behind you.”