A fantastic first round saw the home fighter dropped and Derbyshire suffer a cut above above right eye. With it all to do, Maphosa looked to get back to his boxing as the contest wore on.
Derbyshire however had other ideas and pressured his skilful opponent for most of the fight. Maphosa fought gamely but was constantly on the backfoot and was deducted a point for excessive used of the head.
The Lancastrian Suite played host (eventually) to the comeback of Jeff Saunders (13-0). In what was inevitably dubbed as the “Battle of the Saunders” Jeff was made to work hard to earn a 40-36 decision win over namesake Rhys (3-18).
Phil Jeffries has staked his claim for North East promoter of the year in recent weeks, taking Lewis Ritson and Glenn Foot on the road to great success. Ritson defended his British lightweight title and Foot stopped previously unbeaten Scot,