Craig Richards v Marek Matyja in the O2 Arena, 30th October
Just five months after his second-ever professional loss, Craig ‘Spider’ Richards is stepping back into the ring at the O2 Arena on October 30th. Richards will be squaring off against one of his strongest challengers yet in Poland’s Marek Matyja.
The fight is on the undercard of the main event which features Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin, the latter of which is hoping to secure a re-match with current WBC heavyweight champion and UK native Tyson Fury.
Craig Richards v Marek Matyja Fight Analysis
Craig Richards v Marek Matyja: A Look At Richards
Richards fell short of his bid for the WBA Super light-heavyweight title when he lost to Russian boxer Dmitry Bivol by a unanimous decision back in May of this year.
This snapped his seven-fight unbeaten streak and brought his professional record to a still impressive 16-2-1.
The fight against Bivol was actually Richards first against a non-UK opponent, and the step up in competition is something that the Spider is using as a learning opportunity.
Ever modest and blessed with humility, Richards is still not used to losing fights and is eager to get back into the ring despite the gruelling training regimen he has.
He went toe to toe with a belt holder and lost on points in the end. The fight went the distance, and Richards opined afterwards that he believed he was ahead at most points during the fight.
Richards takes defeat in stride though and has acknowledged that this served more as a justification that he belongs on the world stage than anything.
Craig Richards v Marek Matyja: A Look At Matyja
His opponent Marek Matyja has a record that is equally as impressive as Richards, as he carries a 20-2-2 record into the O2 Arena.
Richards will be the hometown favourite, but Matyja has had much more experience fighting on the international circuit.
Matyja most recently fought in July in a match where he won by knockout over Ukrainian fighter Maksym Mishchenko in the second round. Matyja has seen 9 of his 20 victories by knockout, so Richards will have his hands full with Matyja’s aggressive attack style.
In terms of fighting styles, both Matyja and Richards are orthodox stance fighters and are similar in stature. Matyja has a few centimetres on Richards in terms of height, but nothing that would make a significant difference or advantage.
Richards will want to capitalize on his quickness and agility to avoid any knockout swings from Matyja. The high boxing IQ that he showcased in his fight against Bivol will definitely come in handy now that he is experiencing a higher class of opposition.
Richards will be fighting his second international opponent in a row as he elevates himself onto the world boxing stage.
While Richards remains on the undercard of these events, judging by his skills, attitude, and desire to learn the sport, it shouldn’t be long until we see him headlining in the main events.
October 30th marks just the next step for Richards in what will be a long and successful boxing career.
Lewis Scaffold Towers Has Sponsored Craig For Many Years Now Supporting Him In His Career
Be sure to read about some of his other fights and our chat with him.
- Craig ‘Spider’ Richards on his World-Class Performance against Dmitry Bivol
- Craig ‘Spider’ Richards’ Excellent Performance in WBA Light-Heavyweight World Championship Bout
- “I will do it again”: Craig ‘Spider’ Richards to introduce himself to boxing fans worldwide
- A Matter of Mindset: Craig Spider Richards on his upcoming World Champion Bout
We are also proud of Craig as he is a person who wishes to give back, just as we do.
Be sure to check out this example of Craig giving back: