WASSERMAN added Lyndon Arthur to his stable and brought the Manchester light-heavyweight back from the first loss of his career at Bolton on Saturday night. He met Argentine veteran Walter Gabriel Sequeira (25-9-1) over 10 rounds at the University of Bolton Stadium in a show broadcast by Channel Five.
Arthur switched promoters from Queensberry after Anthony Yarde (21-2) defeated him in four rounds in their December rematch. Twelve months earlier, Arthur defied pre-fight odds of 9/2 to outpoint Yarde in a split decision and move closer to a shot at a sanctioning body title.
Arthur said before the rematch: “I don’t think I need to have this fight again.” When Yarde lost, he felt he should have made the call.
But there was a rematch clause in the contract and Yarde was not going to wait for Arthur to challenge for major honors before enforcing it, as the Mancunian wanted.
Arthur would not be the first fighter to become disillusioned with the boxing business, but a move to Wasserman and a headlining fight on terrestrial television appears to have refreshed the 31-year-old, who is trained by cousin Pat Barrett, the former British and European super-lightweight champion.
Hardcore fans may remember Sequeira sharing a ring with Yarde. That was in Brentwood in October, 2018 and Sequeira lost in four rounds.
At just 5ft 8ins, Sequeira was too small to trouble Yarde, taken down three times and stopped. Arthur will also stand by him. He is a towering 6ft 2in and is rumored to be a tight 175lbs.
Sequeira has boxed nine times since the Yarde fight, winning four, losing four and drawing the other. Of those four losses, three have come away. Arthur can shoot, is a good finisher when in the mood, and Sequeira is now 35 years old.
It may end early. Arthur has nine wins in two rounds, Sequeira has 10 wins in three.
Sequeira won Argentinian titles and fought Avni Yildirim in February, 2016, who was ranked in the top 15 by one of the sanctioning bodies.
He lost that fight 117-111 on all three cards, but didn’t take many steps back, was competitive. Yildirim was stopped by Chris Eubank Jnr, Anthony Dirrell and Saul “Canelo’” Alvarez, and mentioned by Jack Cullen.
Arthur says he wants a knockout – and don’t be surprised if he gets it. He’s proven himself to be a ruthless finisher on his way up the championship class and if Sequeira is going to give him a fight, as he surely will, he’s likely to run into trouble.
Arthur can win in the middle stage.
The clash between Gavin Gwynne and Craig Woodruff for the former’s British and Commonwealth lightweight titles is sure to be more competitive.
The Welshmen are sparring with each other and it promises to be a very watchable battle. The 32-year-old champion from Merthyr Tydfil is a front-foot fighter, while Newport’s Woodruff likes to stand up and box.
Both have Rocky stories.
Gwynne won major honors on the third attempt. He has been competitive with losses to Joe Cordina (9-0) and James Tennyson (26-3) and is not expected to beat Belfast’s Sean McComb (11-0) for the vacant Commonwealth title in February. But in the final minute of the seventh, McComb was bleeding profusely and couldn’t take it anymore. Gwynne hits him with body shots and breaks his heart.
That’s Gwynne’s way. He said that on a trip to California he was nicknamed “The Merthyr Mexican” and that his fitness level had improved in the past 18 months since he quit his job as a carpenter. Gwynne added the vacant British title with a points win over Liverpool’s Luke Willis (11-0) in April.
Woodruff has lost the big ones in his 12-6 career so far. He lost more than four years after losing three straight, to quality operators Mitch Buckland (5-0), Matin J Ward (7-0) and Luke Campbell (5-0).
He has won seven of nine since returning, both losses coming at 140lbs.
Last time out, Woodruff, now 30, lost to Dundee southpaw Ronnie Clark (21-7-2) in 10, but we don’t think he’ll be able to hold Gwynne off him and go for the champion to win at the last stop.