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Lawton 'will retire' if defeated

Scott Lawton
Lawton lost a British lightweight title bout against John Murray in June

Scott Lawton has admitted that he will probably retire from boxing if he is beaten by Liverpool's Derry Matthews in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday.

Lawton has dropped from lightweight to super-featherweight for the fight.

"I'm 33 now and this is probably going to be my last go," Lawton told BBC Radio Stoke.

"If I lose, it could be my last fight, but I'm not looking to lose the contest. I'm looking to win and get back in the mix for a British title."

Lawton, a two-time English lightweight champion, has challenged for the British title twice and the Commonwealth title once, but fallen short on all three occasions.

His last fight was in June, when he was stopped in the sixth-round by John Murray in Wigan, while fighting for the vacant British lightweight title.

It was his fifth loss in 32 professional fights, but Lawton is confident he can bounce back against Matthews.

"Derry's a tall, long-range puncher and an ex-world champion. He's been in a bit of a rocky patch in his last couple of fights and I'm going to make sure he stays in that rocky patch.

"I think he's on the slide a little bit, but he says it's because he was struggling to get down to the weight limit.

"We'll have to see who's right and who's better on the night."

see also
Mathews hoping to reignite career
16 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Lawton excited by return to Stoke
14 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Stoke to stage world title fight
06 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Lawton considers retirement plan
15 Jun 09 |  Boxing
Lawton loses British title bout
14 Jun 09 |  Boxing

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