With an impressive seven stoppages in his first eight fights, Manchester’s Lyndon ‘King’ Arthur is set to raise the stakes – and a few eyebrows. With the domestic light-heavyweight division red hot at the present time the articulate Arthur is on the verge of launching an assault that he hopes will propel him into the championship mix, and with a style that incorporates educated pressure, stylish movement and punching power there are indications that the 26-year-old and former Team GB star may be emerging as the complete package. On the ‘Return of the Young Guns’ bill at Manchester’s Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on 4th November the talented prospect takes his next step in the professional game as he faces experienced Tayer Mehmed and no doubt fans will be waiting to see if Arthur can get the sturdy Bulgarian out of there inside the distance.
There’s a weight of expectation building around the man who’s been a pro for only thirteen months, but he’s determined to keep his feet on the ground and learn his violent trade the right way: “The last year has gone quickly but I’m just doing what every other boxer does when they start their career, and although I’m stopping journeymen they’re guys that don’t usually get stopped. I probably do hit a little bit hard, but it’s my timing and speed that kills as well. When I first started boxing I was watching the likes of Roy Jones Jnr, I’m not saying I’m that good but that’s where I got the movement from I think. I’m just beating whoever’s in front of me at the moment, I’m a prospect who’s still learning but I’m sure that eventually, I will be the best in Britain.”
Arthur is a member of a gym steeped in boxing success at the highest levels, one that produced great champions such as Robin Reid, Pat Barrett and Anthony Farnell so there’s quite a reputation to fulfil: “Coming from Collyhurst & Moston Boxing Club there’s a sense of history there, and myself and Zelfa Barrett (current English champ at super-feather) were the last ones to be trained by Brian Hughes (legendary boxing trainer) before he retired, so we’ve got that little piece of Brian in us. Pat Barrett has taken over that role from Brian and we want more champions to come from the gym. It’s mad to have expectations on my career because in my mind I’m just a kid from the estate! I’m only starting and the more I push on in my career the more I can give back.” Arthur has had some valuable experience of the big-show atmosphere too: “I made my debut on the Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares bill at the MEN Arena so I know what to expect from shows of that size.
“Now I’m ready to get the exposure I need and after this fight, I’m hoping they’ll be some big news! I want the Area, British and European titles and to do it that way, so when I get to the world title I’ll have had that experience and I won‘t flop. A lot of fighters these days are getting rushed and when they get to the top, they flop. I’m not going to do that.
“It’s great boxing in my hometown and Manchester’s always a great place for the sport, even the small-hall shows, and the crowd really get behind you and you can see that with Crolla and before him, Hatton. Crolla probably doesn’t have too long left and the fans will need someone new to follow, and I think myself and Zelfa will fill that gap. I’m really looking forward to the 4th November, and while I don’t think Mehmed’s got the speed and power to match me, it’s a good learning fight and I can practice a few things. After that, we’ll see what’s next. I really hope people will come and support me and see what the hype is all about. Boxing is a hard game and it’s an entertainment business too, and without the fans, we couldn’t do what we do. It’s going to be a great night.”
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Written by Andrew Fairley – @AndrewFairley1