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Lyndon Arthur from Manchester believes he is on a “collision course” with Dan Azeez.

Azeez was held to a draw over eight rounds against strong European boxer Hrvoje Sep in front of his home crowd at Selhurst Park last weekend.

But that hasn’t diminished Arthur’s interest in boxing against the South Londoner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Dmitry Bivol vs. Lyndon Arthur, WBA light heavyweight title fight. December 23, 2023. Photo by Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing.
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Arthur fights his way through Dmitry Bivol after 12 rounds and loses on points

“I think Azeez is better than that,” he said Sky Sports. “I don't think he was up to this fight. I've seen much better performances from him. I don't think he would have prepared as well for a fight between him and me. I think it's going to be a great fight. I think our styles fit together very well.

“I also think I would beat him, but I think it would be a great fight.

“I think we are on a collision course.”

First, Arthur has to face Liam Cameron in a 10-round fight for the WBA Inter-Continental title in Bolton.

“I'm not overlooking Liam Cameron in any way,” said Arthur. “I just know that I have to get past Liam Cameron to be able to get back into the big fights.”

“This is not a fight I take lightly. This is his big chance. I have to be in top shape.”

“I really want to win, but I also want to entertain. I feel like a lot of people forget that I can actually knock people out and stop them, so it will be good to get that stoppage.”

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Highlights of the fight between Dan Azeez and Hrvoje Sep from the support program of Billam-Smith vs. Riakporhe.

Arthur is rebuilding his fight for the WBA world title after a 12-round defeat against elite light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol.

“The longer the fight went on, the more confident I became,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I read all the comments before the fight about how I would be beaten in the first round or the first half of the fight and things like that. When you get in there, you kind of turn someone into Godzilla. In the fourth, fifth, sixth round [I was thinking] this guy is just human.

“I learned that I can adapt and do things regardless of how the preparation went.

“I want the big fights. I want to be in the big fights,” he concluded. “As long as I can outbox Cameron, that's my goal.”

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