The boxing world was struck by some more bad news yesterday when it was revealed that former world champion Paul Williams has been left paralysed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident on Sunday.
Derry Mathews pulled off a major upset as he ripped the British lightweight title from Anthony Crolla with a sixth round stoppage win at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night.
The Liverpudlian floored Crolla in the third round and forced referee John Keane to step and stop it in the sixth when Mathews badly hurt his man with another brutal barrage.
Crolla's crisp jab kept Mathews on the back foot in the opening rounds but Mathews burst to life in a thrilling third as a big uppercut dropped Crolla heavily.
In the boxing from around the globe on Saturday night, Brandon Rios stopped Urbano Antillon with 11 seconds left in the third round of a thrilling fight to retain his WBA lightweight title in dramatic fashion.
Rios knocked down Antillon twice in the third after two rounds of toe-to-toe trading at the Home Depot Center in California. The ref ended the bout when Antillon staggered to his corner after being sent down face-first by an overhand right.