Canada’s Tony Luis comes up short in world title bid dropping razor thin decision to Derry Mathews
By Ace Freeman (18-Apr-2015)
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Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) came up short in his late notice bid for the interim WBA World lightweight title when he found himself on the short end of a razor thin decision loss to England’s Derry Mathews (38-9 20 KOs) Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Luis was the aggressor throughout and out-landed Mathews by a significant margin. Mathews’ success came from infrequent flush right hands timing Luis on the way in, but the Canadian spent the majority of the fight pressing his man to the ropes were he scored with more frequency. Mathews lost a point for holding in Round 8 and Luis was also penalized for leading with his head / forearm. The late rounds were close but Luis had a late rally to take the twelfth. Scores were read as 115-112 and 114-112(x2) for Mathews who captured the interim WBA world 135-pound title with the win. FightFan.com had the bout 114-112 for Luis.