Derry Mathews vs Emiliano Marsili - IBO Lightweight Title
Well it happened again for Derry Mathews. Another big fight and title chance , another stoppage defeat. Italian import Emiliano Marsili gave him no respect taking a well deserved 7th round stoppage in Liverpool last night. Marsili was unknown and untested at this level , at 35 he was expected to crumble vs the more experience Mathews. From the first bell though it was Marsili that took the initiative by forcing Mathews back with his bouncy up and down style. The first round was close although the Italian clearly landed the better punches , his one-two combination would give Mathews trouble the whole fight.
To the surprise of the crowd and the viewers on Boxnation Marsili's assaults didn't stop through the early part of the fight. I gave Mathews the 3rd but on just as he showed signs of figuring out his opponent. The onslaught continued although the 6th round is already a candidate for round of the year as Mathews finally hurt Marsili before the Italian rallied late in the round scoring a knockdown with a vicious body punch. At this stage in the fight Mathews face was a mask of blood. The 7th round began the same way the 6th ended with Marsili punishing Mathews on the ropes , Mathews broke free but again was chased across the ring , his face a mess he took a few more punches before ref Howard Foster jumped in and stopped the fight. Two weeks on Boxnation and 2 upsets , no bad so far eh?.
Onto the ref and the judges. Going round the forums etc the fans are split on whether the fight was stopped prematurely. I thought it was stopped just a little early although Mathews face was a mess , being a title fight though i though Mathews with his experience would have been given more time. This again was the view of the fans on the forums. Some agreed with the stoppage as they felt that Mathews was on the downward spiral to more punishment , again his face was a mess so you can see why Howard Foster stopped the fight.
The judges at the time of stoppage all had the fight scored 58-55 for Marsili. Marcus McDonnell (UK) , John Rupert (USA) and Giustino Di Giovanni (ITA) were the officials who scored the fight. Below is my scorecard along with all the fans , press and boxing sites scores.
Round 1.... 10-9 Marsili
Round 2.... 10-9 Marsili
Round 3.... 9-10 Mathews
Round 4.... 10-9 Marsili
Round 5.... 9-10 Mathews
Round 6.... 10-8 Marsili - Knockdown scored by Marsili in this round
TOTAL - Marsili 58-55 Mathews at the time of stoppage
EMILIANO MARSILI WINS BY 7TH ROUND KO
Boxing sites , Fans Forums Scores
BoxingMonthly Mag (Glyn Leach) - Marsili 58-55 Mathews
Onthebeak.com (Tommy Barber) - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
Boxnation TV (Steve Lillis) - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
Worldboxingnews.net (Phil DJay) - Marsili 58-53 Mathews
Saddoboxing Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews X3
Eastsideboxing Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews X5 , 58-56 , 59-55 all for Marsili
Boxingscene Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
Ringnews24 Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews X5 , 58-55 for Marsili
BoxingAsylum Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
Sweetboxing Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
Boxrec Fans Forum - Marsili 59-54 Mathews
The score most common as you can see above is definitely 59-54 to Marsili or 5-1 in rounds. Some gave Mathews 2 round but there is no doubt the better fighter won this match.