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Mathews claims Flanagan fight will excite Frampton-Quigg fans

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Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews are promising that Saturday's fight will be more exciting than Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg.

Frampton's points win over Quigg for the WBA and IBF world super-bantamweight titles two weekends ago failed to live up to expectation and the hype.

But Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) insists he will not play a cagey game when he tries to dethrone WBO lightweight king Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs), who will be making a second defence at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

"The Frampton-Quigg fight would have put a glass eye to sleep and it was a terrible fight," said Mathews.

"But we will give everyone value for money, whether they are there in the arena or watching on TV. It will be a proper dust-up, with no dancing around avoiding each other."

Mathews will be challenging for a world title for the first time after once again reviving a career that seemed to be fizzling out, and believes he will inspired by his home crowd.

The 32-year-old has had mixed fortunes in the ring, with a highlight coming in 2012 when he stopped current WBA world champion Anthony Crolla in six rounds. However, since then, he's lost two European title fights and suffered a third defeat against Flanagan himself back in the 2012 Prizefighter Tournament.

"I'm not going to get another chance and I'm grateful for the opportunity at the title," Mathews added.

"I've got to do whatever I can to get the title, whether it's to go to war or box steady. I know I'm going to win. Our styles are going to clash nicely.

"I'm at the peak of my career now and knocking on the door. I've had to be a different fighter over the last two or three years and I've improved 50 percent.

"I won ABA titles as an amateur so you don't lose something, it's about getting it back out of me and I'm boxing more now than I perhaps did a few years ago.

"But I have also matured more, I look after my body better; I'm a personal trainer and I don't go out boozing.

"If he wants to scrap, I will scrap. If he wants to box, I will box. Terry always starts fast so I have to make sure I adapt. It's my 50th professional fight and it's a massive bonus that it is in my home city."

Flanagan, 26, from Manchester, has won his last two fights in the second round against Americans Jose Zepeda [who dislocated a shoulder] and Diego Magdaleno, extending his unbeaten career record to 29 straight wins.

"I don't think it will be boring, because I'm never in a boring fight," said Flanagan. "He's going to give it his all and I'll have to be at my best.

"Because I'm not the best talker and I don't call people out there is less noise and hype around me."