While British super featherweight champion Stephen 'Swifty' Smith (17-1) announced a five fight deal with Matchroom today, Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo broke the news that the City's Commonwealth lightweight champion, 'Dirty' Derry Mathews (34-8-2) has inked a similarly-lengthed contract with Queensberry Promotions.
Smith was due to defend his title against Gary Sykes in an historic triple header with British champion brothers Liam and Paul, but will now box on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves on November 23rd in Manchester.
Taking his place on the Echo Arena bill is Mathews, 30, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished ring career, working with promoters Warren, Hayemaker and Hatton before experiencing an Indian summer with Dave Coldwell. Exciting stoppage wins against Hull's Tommy Coyle and Driffield's Curtis Woodhouse saw the popular Liverpudlian's stock continue to rise on Sky.
Mathews posted on Twitter: "People asking why have jumped ship it's about what's best for me and my career am not getting used as a opponent for anyone am a champion."
"Plus it was a offer I couldn't refuse financially and with big fights planned I haven got long left on my career so got to get the most."
Mathews was referring to a mooted match with Dagenham lightweight Kevin Mitchell - a 'nice little domestic dust-up', as tagged by Mitchell.
According to Sky Sports, Mathews decided to take the 'international' route instead and will therefore attempt to wrest the WBO European lightweight title from Dublin's Stephen Ormond, who won the minor strap at the Hilton in September and defended it at the Royal Lancaster last week.