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Derry Mathew's world title fight on hold

Derry Mathews during his defeat to Emiliano Marsili Credit: PA

Derry Mathew's world title shot on Friday March 6 at the Liverpool Echo Arena has been put on hold after his opponent Richar Abril has withdrawn with a viral infection.

It is thought that the Cuban Abril has been suffering from a viral infection, possibly Dengue Fever.

The show itself has not been canceled with boxer Paul Butler headlining the event fighting for the IBF World Super-Flyweight title against Zolanni Tete.

Also on the card are Merseyside stars Kevin Satchell, Liam Smith and Jazza Dickens, plus Lancashire favourite Jack Catterall all in big title action.

Liverpool boxer Derry Matthews to take on Richar Abril for the World Lightweight title

Derry Matthews. Credit: Press Association.

Liverpool's Derry Matthews is expected to be handed a surprise shot at the World Lightweight title.

It's thought he'll take on the Cuban, Richar Abril for the WBA belt at Liverpool's Echo Arena in March.

It's the fight that Manchester's Anthony Crolla has had to give up after suffering a fractured skull when confronting suspected burglars.


Liverpool's Echo Arena is a sell out for a big night of boxing

There's a big night of boxing at the Echo Arena with some of the region's best fighters performing for a sell out crowd of over seven thousand.

Liverpool's Derry Matthews faces Manchester's Anthony Crolla for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight belt.

London 2012 Team GB captain Thomas Stalker goes head to head with Andrew Harris in his second professional fight.

Topping the bill is Tony Bellew who in his home city takes on Malawi's Isaac Chilemba in a WBC light- heavyweight eliminator bout.