STAR PREVIEW: Lyndon Arthur v Davide Faraci
Boxing returns to our screens this weekend with a light heavyweight contest between two unbeaten contenders. Manchester-based Lyndon Arthur will put his WBO Inter-Continental title on the line against Davide Faraci at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Arthur has a record of 18-0 (12KO) as a professional and entered the paid ranks on the back of an extensive period with Team GB. Hailing from Manchester, he trains under the guidance of Pat Barrett and has made steady progress without a huge push from his promoter, Frank Warren.
However, since outpointing British rival (and Frank Warren’s number one light-heavyweight) Anthony Yarde in December, the profile of Lyndon Arthur has risen considerably. Heading into the fight, Arthur was a huge underdog, but he made a mockery of the pre-fight odds and although he remains underrated by many in the industry, he is a genuine contender in the light heavyweight division.
Davide Faraci is 15-0 (7KO) but has spent his career on the small hall circuit in Europe. As an amateur, he represented Switzerland and found himself competing in the premium tournaments in the unpaid code. He never reached the top as an amateur but gained invaluable experience that have set him up for a respectable professional career.
At 29, Faraci is entering his prime as an athlete and this looks like his opportunity to put himself on the map. Nothing he has done so far, as a professional, would suggest he is a future world champion, but he brings ambition to the UK and will have the respect of Team Arthur.
Arthur starts as the heavy favourite, but this is a fight that could be competitive, especially early on. Arthur is the better fighter in this matchup and should have enough to get a knockout victory. However, he has shown patience in the past so it is likely the stoppage could come in the second half of the fight. Arthur to win by KO/TKO in rounds 7-12 is a good bet.
The undercard features plenty of emerging British talent and none more so than super-middleweight, Zach Parker. The undefeated charge from Derby has recently signed a promotional contract with Frank Warren and will be looking to secure a world title shot within the next twelve months.
Khusanov is a tough fighter from Uzbekistan, but his best days were down at middleweight, and he is clashing with a genuine super middleweight contender here. He has never been stopped in 25 fights but with Parker on an upwards curve, that run may come to an end this weekend.
Also on the undercard, highly touted Londoner Archie Sharpe takes on Diego Andrade Chavez over ten rounds. Sharp is undefeated in nineteen bouts and is highly ranked with the WBO. The 26-year-old is cleverly nicknamed ‘Sharpshooter’ and combines slick boxing skills with accurate combinations, and he is a fighter that could reach the top of the super featherweight division.
Chavez hails from Mexico and will bring the usual dangers of every Mexican fighter. However, he has two defeats in his last five contests and with just one knockout in thirteen wins, he doesn’t look to have the power to cause Sharp problems this weekend.
Although Sharp is not known for his power either, he should have enough variety and ability to get rid of his Mexican opponent before the final bell. At 11/8 Sharp to win by KO/TKO is value.
BACK Lyndon Arthur to win in rounds 7-12 2pts at 2/1 (Latest Star Price Click to BET NOW)
BACK Zach Parker to win by KO/TKO 1pt at 5/6 (Latest Star Price Click to BET NOW)
BACK Archie Sharp to win by KO/TKO 2pts at 11/8 (Latest Star Price Click to BET NOW)
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