Arthur: I’ll win by any means necessary

Light-heavyweight contender Lyndon Arthur insists he is more than happy to win in ‘boring’ fashion if that is what is required in his rematch with Anthony Yarde this evening in London.

Manchester’s Arthur (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed a split decision win over his domestic rival Yarde in December 2020 despite sustaining an injury to his right arm and largely relying on his left during the fight.

Despite Yarde claiming Arthur is a ‘boring’ fighter, Arthur says he is fine with that label as long as he is victorious once again at the Copper Box Arena.

“It is not a case of getting this one out of the way because, like I have said in interviews, he has been a good dance partner for me,” Arthur said. “In this part of my career it is the best fight financially and also the best fight to get me out there again. It is not about seeing the back of him because it has been fun. The first fight was my coming out party and this will kind of cement it. It is part of my journey.

“It is completely cool for him to say I am a boring fighter because the boring fighter won. I don’t need to listen to anyone, if they think I am boring, everyone is entitled to an opinion. It is sport and everyone in this room has an opinion on me and him. Whether they like me or him is down to them. I don’t care.

“If I am boring, I will win boring. We will find out on Saturday whether a crowd benefits either of us. He thinks it does, but I don’t think it benefits him. I don’t care, it is a fight and the crowd can’t get in there. They can scream, they can shout and it will make a fun atmosphere. I had Sunny there before and he is like a crowd.

“The pre-fight stuff is entertainment. The business part of this is Saturday and it is fun until we get in the ring across from each other, in my opinion.”