When Lyndon ‘King’ Arthur and Dec Spelman meet at the BT Sport studio on Friday night, there will be much more than just the Commonwealth title on the line, as a potential clash with Anthony Yarde awaits the winner later in the year.
It’s Arthur’s first defence of his Commonwealth title, which he captured last October in a gruelling 12 round battle with Emmanuel Anim.
Spelman represents a significant test for the Manchester fighter, who will be looking to not only sharpen his tools before a potential clash with Yarde, but will also be looking to showcase the talent that has led to him earning 16 consecutive wins live on BT Sport.
Previously speaking to BBTV, he emphasised his excitement for the clash: “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.”
The fight marks a huge opportunity for Spelman, who comes in after a tough decision defeat against Shakan Pitters and will be seeking to spoil the party on Friday night by upsetting Arthur and taking his Commonwealth title.
The light-heavyweight collision tops another exciting Frank Warren promoted card behind-closed-doors, with Nick Ball and Jerome Campbell putting their undefeated records on the line in an enticing six-rounder on the undercard.
As well as this, Caoimhin Agyarko faces his biggest test yet, as he battles Jez Smith over ten rounds at middleweight.