By Paul Webb
Derry Matthews (34-9-2 19KO’s) suffered his ninth career loss dropping a wide unanimous decision against Stephen Ormond (16-1 7KO’s) who was making his second defence of his WBO European lightweight title.
This fight was Matthews first under his new deal with Frank Warren after leaving Dave Coldwell and the inexperienced Ormond seemed the ideal first opponent for the commonwealth champion but that certainly didn’t turn out to be the case.
The Irishman controlled the action dominating the flat footed Matthews beating him to the punch consistently in the early rounds. He isn’t a noted power puncher but he was doing enough to stop Matthews getting close and despite never having him hurt his work rate was far higher than Derry’s.
Derry has been in fights like this before but as the rounds sped by it was apparent he didn’t have that ‘one punch’ to turn the contest around like he did against Tommy Coyle.
When the bell rang at the end of the tenth both men held their hands aloft but there was a resigned look on Matthews face that showed he knew he hadn’t done enough this time. The judges had it 98-93, 98-93 and 98-92, I had it slightly wider 99-91 but no-one could argue with the decision.
Matthews has bounced back before and once his hand injury he sustained heals I think he will be back in 2014, for Ormond he now holds a win over one of the best lightweights in the country, its an exciting division so will be interesting to see what he does next.