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Derry Mathews pulled off a major upset as he ripped the British lightweight title from Anthony Crolla with a sixth-round stoppage win.
The Liverpool fighter floored Crolla in the third round and referee John Keane stepped in when Mathews badly hurt his man with another brutal barrage.
Crolla’s crisp jab kept Mathews on the back foot in the opener and the Mancunian continued to land his accurate left hand in the second.
But Mathews burst to life in a thrilling third as a big uppercut dropped Crolla heavily and the dazed champion fired back bravely before he was shaken again by the Merseysider.
Crolla survived the round but was left with a cut eye which quickly worsened in the fourth and Mathews’ right hand repeatedly caught his bloodied opponent.
A body shot from Crolla appeared to bother Mathews in the fifth round, but he came on strong in the sixth and finished off his foe in thrilling fashion.
Crolla was sent stumbling into the ropes by a big left hook and another uppercut prompted Keane to step in.