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Lyndon Arthur says his ‘twin’ boxer Sunny Edwards’ world title-winning exploits has proved to be an inspiration and an achievement he is eager to emulate.

Of course, Sunny captured the IBF flyweight world title in a sensational fashion in April with a fleet-footed masterclass against South African legend Moruti Mathlane. His nimble footwork and rapier-like shots made it look like a bright red belt was soon being couriered to his door in Sheffield.

The 25-year-old world champion went to the famous Collyhurst and Moston gyms in Manchester this week, where the uncompromising headmaster is former European champion, Black Flash, Pat Barrett.

One of Barrett’s star pupils is one of Britain’s and the world’s leading light heavyweights, known in boxing circles as King Arthur. Lyndon placed himself at the forefront of the division with a performance of precise punch picking in his performance in December against big home rival Anthony Yarde in London.

The 30-year-old WBO Intercontinental and Commonwealth Champion returns to the capital next Saturday (July 30) when he heads to the show at the Royal Albert Hall, 15-0 unbeaten, Italian David Farsi, live on BT Sport.

Inseparable amateur teammates Lyndon and Sunny were back together as a light-heavy was put through their paces by Barrett on Wednesday and the pair’s older reflected that he couldn’t fail to be inspired by his flyweight friend.

“Sunny, man, that was great, wasn’t it,” the 18-0 man admitted. “It was just a great thing, I’m a little lost for words, it was just crazy and wonderful. I’ve seen him come from the ABA Finals – and he lost in one of them – to the pinnacle of professional boxing.

Normally reserved — in public, at least — Lyndon doesn’t give much away at the best of times, but he was clearly excited after Sunny’s win. Much more so than after his successes.

“It’s not just me,” he explained. “I know that with a lot of boxers, you get more excited about a fight with your friends or family than you do about yourself. My reaction mirrored my feelings.

“It was crazy in the sense that we met at GB (the elite amateur squad) and we just clicked and kept as friends and now we’re both here.”

Keep the question clear. How did the quietly eloquent and imposing light heavyweight end up with the curse – and some might say outspoken – flyweight?

“Have you seen the movie Twins? It’s the same sort of thing and we just naturally pounce on each other and have done it ever since we met. It just happened organically, it wasn’t forced and we remained friends and we have had a strong relationship ever since.”

Away from his sunny outlook, Lyndon has a task against Farsi next week and doesn’t underestimate the task.

“I have seen some of his fights and he is a threat. I am the key to his world title shot and his lottery ticket, so to speak. He will take this fight more seriously than anyone else so I have to be prepared.

Lyndon is targeting Arthur’s back

Lyndon Arthur has a target on his back, but he’s not going to hide from the world’s top light-heavyweight.

‘King’ Arthur (18-0, 12 KO) makes his first defense of his WBO Inter-Continental title against Italian champion David Faraci (15-0, 7 KO) at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday 10 July, BT Sport live on.

This is the Manchester man’s first fight since a narrow points victory against Anthony Yarde last December, which earned Arthur the number one spot in the WBO rankings.

If Arthur continues to win, he will face WBO champion Joe Smith early next year, but Persia and Yarde, who are chasing a quick rematch, are likely to take the precious top spot.

“It’s a world title for the Persians and any of these guys who want to face me because they want my number one ranking,” said Commonwealth champion Arthur.

“There is no pressure now that I am number one in the WBO rankings.

“The target has always been the same, whether I am at number 10 or at number one. The goal has always been to win the world title.

“The Persians have got a good record, to be fair. They have beaten some undefeated kids and some have winning records to name.

“He’s coming to win and doesn’t know how to lose. I have to show him how to lose so I’m excited to fight.”

Smith will be due to make a mandatory defense early next year, but there is sure to be at least one more defense before the WBO orders the fight.

Arthur, 30, who is also in the top ten by IBF and WBC, said: “Joe Smith is the person I want because he has the world title right now. There is talk of him fighting Daniel Jacobs and if he wins. If he goes, he is the man to be defeated.

“Smith is good, tough, tough and comes to fight but I am better than I am supposed to be.

“I just have to keep winning and the big opportunity will come. I will be indispensable and the WBO champion will have to fight me.

Ilford’s Yarde (20-2, 19 KO) who lost a split decision against Arthur also returned on the following month’s bill and scored an unbeaten German Emin Atra (17-0, 12 KO) in a non-title ten rounder ) encounter.

He says there is a contract for the yard rematch and he wants one soon, but says Arthur: “We’ll see what happens with the yard rematch. I don’t know much about it and I’m not bothered about it.” .

“I want to fight for the world title more than anything. There is no rush for this, but I will fight anyone.

Also on the bill is WBO number one super-middleweight Zach Parker (20-0, 14 KO) defending his WBO International belt against Uzbek Sherzod Khusanov (22-2-1, 10 KO).

WBO number four super-featherweight, Archie Sharp (19-0, 9 KO) faces Nicaragua’s Marcio Soza (21-6-2, 12 KO) with the vacant WBO Global Championship on the line.

Prodigy bantamweight talent Dennis McCann (9-0, 5 KO) will face Tanzania’s John Chuva (20-4, 10 KO).

Elsewhere on the cards, 2016 Olympian Muhammad Ali (2-0) was pitted against Lee Glover (11-4, 3 KO) with lightweight KO-artist Sam Noakes (5-0, 5 KO) and his third professional with light- Assignment will be given. Heavyweight former Olympic youth champion Karol Itouma (2-0, 1 KO) also features.

Tickets are on sale now, available through the Royal Albert Hall here

Ticket prices are as follows:

Grand Tier and Loggia Box – £100
2nd tier box – £75
Front Stall – £75
Rear stall – £50
Rousing Circle – £50

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