Lyndon Arthur kept his world title hopes alive with a convincing victory over Boris Crighton on Saturday night. The Manchester-based fighter dominated his opponent throughout the 10-round contest and showed his punching power by flooring Crighton in the final round.
Originally scheduled to face Braian Suarez for the vacant IBO light heavyweight world title, Arthur had to adapt to a late change of opponent after Suarez failed a medical. Despite this setback, Arthur remained focused and determined to put on a good performance.
Crighton, a former sparring partner from Scotland, proved to be a spirited opponent and made life difficult for Arthur at times. However, the Manchester fighter stayed composed and used his superior skills and experience to control the fight.
Arthur's victory means he is now the mandatory challenger for the vacant IBO light heavyweight world title and is scheduled to fight for the belt in May. The identity of his opponent has yet to be confirmed, but Arthur is confident he can become a world champion.
Speaking after the fight, Arthur said: "Crighton literally came in at the last minute and I was supposed to be fighting someone completely different, with a completely different style, for the title. It was scrappy at times but, in the end, it was a good 10 rounds for me and we keep moving."
Wasserman Head of Global Boxing, Kalle Sauerland, also confirmed the news, stating: "We have had it confirmed by the IBO that Lyndon is now mandatory challenger for the vacant belt and we will find out his opponent in the next few weeks, but there will be a world title for Lyndon Arthur in May."
Arthur's record now stands at an impressive 22-1, and with his sights set on world title glory, he will no doubt be pushing himself even harder in the coming weeks to ensure he is fully prepared for the biggest fight of his career.