Lyndon Arthur has appeared in rap videos and now eyes shot at world title

Lyndon Arthur will look to hit the right notes at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend.

But the Manchester light-heavyweight has already made an impact in music appearing in videos with big-selling rapper Bugzy Malone.

The British urban music star is just one of his friends who also has made it big despite the odds being stacked against them.

Arthur's win over Anthony Yarde last year saw his pal Bugzy release a short song about him while the boxer has featured in a number of his hit videos.

Both grew up in the Moston area of Manchester where a life of crime and prison was more likely than success in sport or music.

But Arthur, who is eyeing up a world title shot, believes both of them are examples that if you make the right choices then you can't beat the statistics.

“Life is about choices and going left can be a wrong decision and going right can be a wrong decision,” said the unbeaten British fighter, who faces Davide Faraci this weekend in London.

“It is what choice you make in the decisions that you make. It's easier to go the wrong way.

“It's easier to go the wrong way because the right way takes a lot longer to get to.

“The right way takes years, sacrifice and dedication.

“Statistically we are not supposed to make it.

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“When you come from the estate and you haven't got much, your role models are gangster like, they're not lawyers and doctors.

“They're the older lads who are selling drugs and making lots of money off that. To break away from that, as a kid is a great thing.”

Arthur knows only too well what life in his area of Manchester can bring as his brother was killed not far from the family home 20 years ago.

But boxing helped him and his uncle Pat Barrett guided him to the sport along with legendary Manchester coach Brian Hughes at the Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club.

Bugzy also found solace in the gym and boxed briefly as an amateur before fully focussing on music.

“I remember having the conversation with him outside of this gym when he said he would stop boxing to put it all into his music,” said Arthur.

“I was there from the beginning of his journey. Watching him stop this to go to do that is amazing.

“Music is his path and I'm on my path with boxing.”

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It's a path Arthur hopes will lead to a shot at WBO light-heavyweight champion Joe Smith.

“It's a fight that makes sense,” he added.

Adding that it would be a better option to fight for a world title before and then defending it against Yarde in a rematch despite calls for them to face each other again after their bouts this weekend.

He said: “I'm not scared of fighting Yarde again because I'll beat him again but why not push me for a world title and I will rematch him with the title on the line if he's up for it?”

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