ALEX ARTHUR has announced his intention to retire from the sport before the age of 35, after promoting and fighting on his latest show in Edinburgh last Saturday.
The former WBO super featherweight champion was not only promoting under his AAA banner but also fighting, as he went up against MICHAEL FRONTIN at Meadowbank Sports Centre. However, Arthur was not the only star attraction appearing on the bill as American based fighter CRAIG MCEWAN made his return to Scotland to face Englishman PAUL MORBY in the main event.
McEwan has carved out an excellent professional career for himself in America, having worked with Freddie Roach, trainer of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles. This was McEwan’s first professional fight in his homeland and was eager to show his fans how far he has come.
In a dominant display, 30-year-old McEwan claimed an 80-72 points victory over eight rounds. Londoner Morby was simply overwhelmed by the Scot and was consistently reeling from McEwan’s incessant blows.
McEwan won every round of the fight and sent the fans home happy with a comprehensive win, however Morby is to be commended for his resilience after refusing to concede to Edinburgh’s prodigal son.
KENNY ANDERSON walked into Meadowbank a man on a mission. However, his menacing demeanour almost cost him dearly in his fight against WAYNE REED.
Super middleweight Anderson, another hometown favourite, was assigned to face Birmingham-based Reed after GEORGE GROVES pulled out of their scheduled British title fight last month.
Anderson had Reed trapped in the corner, where he proceeded to unload on the Englishman as it looked as though a first round knockout was imminent.
However, Reed’s excellent head movement allowed him to catch Anderson with a stinging left hook that sent the current Celtic champion to the canvas. More embarrassed than hurt, Anderson recovered easily to connect with a barrage of crisp and clinical shots.
Anderson then pounced on his opponent after a ferocious left hand knocked the gum-shield straight out of Reed’s mouth. As a result, blood began flood out of Reed’s nose leaving his corner with no other choice but to pull him out at the end of the round.
Despite stating he will retire before his 35th birthday, next June, Alex Arthur still possesses all the skills he had in his glory years after defeating London-based Mauritian, Michael Frontin.
Arthur naturally entered to a crescendo of noise from the Edinburgh faithful, who have been there for him through thick and thin.
The opening three rounds were cagey and tentative with Frontin trying to make a nuisance of himself but to little effect. Frontin managed to throw a couple of decent shots to the former WBO super featherweight champion, who appeared visibly rusty.
However, Arthur’s punch precision was far superior and was eager to land the knockout but Frontin hung on til the eighth and final round.
Arthur is more than capable of achieving his goal of another title before retirement but his lack of activity over the past couple of years may prove a deciding factor.
His drive and ambition to bring mainstream boxing back to the capital has to be commended, however juggling promoting and fighting has proven difficult. He has spent a great deal of time trying to find opponents but they simply do not want to fight him, likely because he is a very difficult fighter to face with his excellent technical ability.
He will be sorely missed when he eventually hangs up his gloves but a bright future awaits him as a promoter where he can unearth new fighters to bring new-found glory to Edinburgh.
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