Manchester light-heavyweight Lyndon Arthur has told BBTV he’d be willing to take on Callum Smith in a big domestic showdown next year.

Reports began to emerge following Arthur’s second-round victory over Joel McIntyre on Friday that the Mancunian has been offered a fight against Liverpool’s Smith next year.

Arthur refused to shy away from a potential fight with the Liverpudlian as he looks to reestablish himself as a contender on the world stage.

“This is no disrespect to Callum, he’s a great fighter and I’m a fan of his work. I’ve watched him all my career, pro and amateur”, Arthur told BBTV.

“I’m in that division now. The light-heavyweight division is popping in boxing. Am I supposed to shy away from these kinds of things? I’m not. I’m supposed to be going into them confident and I will do.

“What a great fight that would be, it’d probably be in Liverpool as well. Imagine that for me. That’s what I’m in boxing for.”

Smith is mandatory for Artur Beterbiev‘s WBC title and hopes to fight once before taking on the Russian.

Beterbiev looks to defend his unified titles versus WBO mandatory Anthony Yarde on January 28th.

Yarde overcame Arthur in December 2021 with a fourth-round stoppage after the Mancunian outpointed him twelve months earlier.

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