Despite Loss to Derry Mathews, Tony Luis Feels He Belongs with Champions of the Division

Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) says he’s disappointed with the scoring of his controversial unanimous-decision loss last weekend to Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) for the interim WBA Lightweight title in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, but won’t let it deter him from his goals. 
 
 
Despite taking the fight on three days’ notice, Luis seemed to outwork Matthews in most rounds and would probably be wearing a championship belt today, had the fight been contested on neutral ground. Unfortunately, the European judges saw it another way, scoring it 114-112 (Jean Legland, FRA), 115-112 (Dave Parris, UK) and 114-112 (Stefano Carozza, ITA), all for Matthews.
 
“I can’t say I feel good,” said Luis, home safely in Cornwall, Ontario. “This was my shot and I didn’t get the decision, but I know with my performance, I’ll get another one. Most of the press and the fans, especially in North America, know what’s up and saw the fight for what it really was. Derry did what he had to do to survive but not enough to win. He was cagey and made the fight look more competitive than it was, and that’s what a veteran is supposed to do.”
 
Despite his disappointment in the scoring, Luis says taking the fight was still a good career choice. “It was absolutely the right decision. You don’t turn down a title shot. But taking it on three days’ notice, we knew we’d have to shake off the jetlag quickly. My game plan was good, but on such short notice, it wasn’t muscle memory. I had to keep thinking about it in the ring. That’s why I think it took me three rounds to get going. Despite all this, I still won the fight. Now I know I belong among the champions in this division and that’s a good feeling.”
 
Luis’ promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, says he’s pleased with his fighter’s strong performance and will immediately go to work for the 27-year-old.
 
“Tony looked sensational on Saturday,” said Cohen. “Taking the fight on such short notice, you’d think fatigue would play a role, but he was a machine in there. That shows you how hard he works in the gym. Of course we’re disappointed in the scoring, but looking at the big picture, we now know we have a championship-caliber fighter in Tony. He responded perfectly to the pressure of a world championship fight. I will be petitioning the sanctioning bodies to keep Tony high up in the ratings and give him another title shot very soon. This time on neutral ground.”
 
Luis will be returning to action quickly, he is set to fight for a regional title against an opponent TBA on June 26 at the Seneca Niagara Event Center in Niagara Falls, New York, and live on CBS Sports Network.
 
“I’m a bit discouraged from the politics,” continued Luis, “but am I deterred from my goals? Absolutely not. The people have spoken, the fans know who won and that is consolation for me. I will keep moving forward!”

Derry Mathews and Tony Luis Both Guarantee KOs in Liverpool

Derry Mathews and Tony Luis are both promising knockouts ahead of their Interim WBA World Lightweight title showdown this Saturday night at the Liverpool Echo Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Mathews and Luis met head-to-head at The Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson’s world famous cabaret club The Green Room and the star was also on hand to support Liverpool’s favourite fighting son.

‘Dirty’ Derry has seen Richar Abril fall out twice, then Ismael Barroso, but says he’s totally focused on Luis and is prepared for whatever he brings to the ring.

“If you can keep you’re head together through what I’ve been through for this fight then nothing will faze from winning the world title,” said Mathews.

“First I’ve prepared from a tricky, long-armed, slick Cuban in Abril, then an explosive punching Venezuelan in Barrosa, and now I’ve got an aggressive come forward fighter in Luis.  Out of all of them Luis is probably the best choice and suits me my style down to the ground,”

“He’ll walk straight onto my punches and he won’t be able to take that all night.  I see myself taking him out in from the sixth round onwards.”

“The main thing is that I’m still fighting for the world title in my home city.  I’m not going to let my fans down, they’ve stuck by me, through not only this, but my whole career and I owe it to them and Liverpool.”

“Lightning” Luis, from Ontario, Canada, was due to defend his WBC Continental America title this Saturday night in the US, but instead took this fantastic opportunity to win the Interim WBA World title and says he will capitalize on it.

“It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down,” Said Luis.

“I’m here to shock Liverpool and Great Britain with a knockout performance and everyone will have the name Tony Luis on their lips afterwards,”

“I’m fit and ready to fight, I had my fight lined up for this Saturday in America so I’m spot on with my weight, the jet lag isn’t bothering me at all and I’m just looking forward to rolling on Saturday night,”

“Mathew’s is the home town kid and he’ll have the fans behind him, but I’m here to do my job and I intend on finishing him off early and getting home,”

Big fight fan Tomlinson is looking forward to Saturday night and says Mathews can bring the title to the boxing mad city.

“I can’t wait to see Derry in this one,” Said Tomlinson.

“Liverpool’s a great sporting city with the football and boxing and we get behind our sportsmen and women in whatever they do.  Liverpool will get behind Derry this Saturday night and support him in the biggest night of his career,”

“This kid from Canada, Luis, I tip my hat off to him for taking the fight and coming over to fight Derry in his backyard.  He fancies his chances and it’ll be a great fight, but with the crowd behind our man, I can only see one winner and that’s Derry.”

Tickets are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or echoarena.com and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk

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Tony Luis to Face Derry Matthews in UK. Ismael Barroso to Now Face Ira Terry on CBS.

Lack of time to obtain proper visas has forced the necessity for two of Greg Cohen Promotions’ (GCP) fighters to switch places on short notice for this weekend.
 
On Saturday, April 18, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will now face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
 
Luis was originally scheduled to face Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) in the televised co-feature of the “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions on Friday, April 17, from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
 
Unbeaten Venezuelan slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), who was originally scheduled to face Matthews, was unable to obtain the proper visas in time to fight on such short notice in England. He will now take Luis’ place in Hinckley and will take on Terry in an eight-round attraction this Friday.
 
“It worked out well for everyone,” said Greg Cohen. “Tony Luis was high enough in the ratings and ready to fight, so he’s one of the few fighters in the world who could have stepped into this important fight on such short notice. And fortunately, he is a GCP fighter as well, so we made it happen quickly and he is on his way to the UK as we speak. Tony gets his dream shot at a world championship and the fans in Hinckley, and on CBS Sports Network, will get their first look at one of the most fearsome punchers in boxing, Ismael Barroso. So it seems that everyone wins in this unique situation.”