When Promoter Frank Warren added to the Summer schedule of boxing, one of the standout fights was Lyndon Arthur’s defence of the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title against Dec Spelman. 

Prior to the pandemic, Arthur was scheduled to take on Anthony Yarde and although the powerful Londoner is still in his sights, Arthur’s sole focus is on the ‘rough and ready’ Spelman. 

He stated: “I look forward to it – it’s going to be exciting and I’m looking to knock him out but if I don’t then I’ll win over 12 rounds, regardless. It’ll be good to get a little fight behind closed doors, it’s going to be a lot different, you’ll be able to hear everything, every shot. It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be exciting.

“I’ve not fought since October so It’s good to get back into the swing of things before the Yarde fight. He has got nothing to lose, so I guess he is going to give it is all, but whatever he has got I’m ready for.”

He went onto reveal that the delay to the big fight with Yarde may be a ‘blessing in disguise, adding: “In a sense, I’m glad it didn’t happen then because I got ill at that time, it might have been a chest infection, it might have been corona, I don’t know but I was really ill. 

“In a sense, it was a blessing in disguise, I still think the fight is going to happen and everything happens for a reason, your plan is set out and this is mine.”

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