Alex Arthur

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Alex Arthur
Alex Arthur 2012.jpg
Alex Arthur on 14 April 2012
Statistics
Real name Alex Arthur
Rated at Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Born (1978-06-26) 26 June 1978 (age 36)
Edinburgh, Scotland,
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 30
Wins by KO 21
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Alex Arthur MBE (born 26 June 1978), nicknamed "Amazing" Alex Arthur, is a retired professional boxer from Edinburgh in Scotland.

Arthur is a former British, Commonwealth, European Boxing Union (EBU) and WBO super featherweight champion.[1]

On 26 June 2013, on his 35th birthday, Arthur officially retired from boxing,[2] his last fight was at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh on 14 April 2012.

Early professional career[edit]

Arthur had his first professional contest in November 2000 when he defeated fellow debutant Richmond Asante at the Wythenshawe forum in Manchester. Also on the card that day were fighters of the quality of Anthony Farnell, Junior Witter, Matthew Hatton, Michael Jennings and Jamie Moore.[3]

After winning 11 fights in a row and picking up a couple of fringe titles on the way, Arthur managed to get a crack at the vacant British Super Featherweight title when he challenged Dewsbury's Steve Conway at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on 19 October 2002. The win established Arthur as a force on the domestic scene and he followed up the victory with two defences against Carl Greaves and fellow Scot Willie Limond. One more victory would have given him the Lonsdale belt for keeps and that was when the undefeated prospect with a record of 16-0 ran into Longford's Michael Gomez.

Michael Gomez fight[edit]

Michael Gomez fought Arthur for the British and WBA International super featherweight titles in front of a sold out Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland in October 2003. This was the first professional boxing card in the city for almost 20 years.[4]

A war of words was waged between the two fighters prior to the fight, Arthur had stirred up the animosity between the pair stating in an interview that Gomez "gets involved in wars with journeymen" and that "looking deep into Gomez's eyes at the press conference, I’m not sure even he believes he can win. He’ll be so fired up I expect it’ll take me eight or nine rounds but, if his resistance has gone as people are saying, it could be a lot sooner" and "I see about 20 ways to beat him. I'm just looking forward to shutting him up.".[4][5]

Arthur, who was looking to retain the Lonsdale Belt, was seen as a rising star in British boxing and was being groomed to be a future world champion. Arthur was a strong favourite to defeat Gomez and this fight was seen as a stepping stone against a Gomez how had been through too many battles and abused his body too much.[6][7][8]

Gomez proved his critics wrong when on the night of the fight Gomez arrived in prime condition and with aggression, determination and desire.[7][9] Eventually, Gomez won this bad tempered contested fight with an explosive knock out of Arthur in the fifth round.[10] Arthur's performance in the early rounds and his resilience before the KO saw the bout hailed as one of the best fights in Britain for a decade. Boxing promoter Frank Warren called the fight "the greatest contest seen on these shores since Nigel Benn beat Gerald McClellan in 1995".[11]

Comeback[edit]

Alex Arthur in 2008

He made his comeback the next year on 27 March 2004 by stopping Michael Kizza in the first round for the IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title. He made two defences of that fringe title before lining himself up for a shot at Commonwealth Super-Featherweight champion Craig Docherty. To make matters more interesting the British title was now vacant again meaning that the Docherty fight would be for the British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles. The fight took place at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh and ended with Arthur knocking Docherty out in the 9th round. Arthur was once again a force to be reckoned with.[12]

European Champion[edit]

In order to fully seal his comeback Arthur's next fight was against the reigning European champion at super feather Boris Sinitsin. He managed to defeat the experienced Russian with a wide 12 round decision and so held the British, Commonwealth and European title belts at the same time.[13] He put all three of them on the line in his next fight against fellow Scot Ricky Burns winning another 12 round decision.[14] It was however the only time he would defend all three at once, his next two fights saw him only defend the European title against mandatory challenger Sergey Gulyakevich and Spain's Sergio Palomo.

WBO Champion[edit]

On 21 July 2007 he stopped Koba Gogoladze in the tenth round to win the interim WBO super-featherweight title recognised as one of the 4 main 'World' belts. He made his first defence on 15 December 2007 against fellow Brit Steve Foster Jr. In what was supposed to be an easy tune up fight, Arthur struggled to win a close unanimous decision. It was a terrible start from the champion, for the first four rounds he was getting beaten to the punch and taking heavy blows from Foster. He regained his composure in the middle rounds and even knocked down his opponent in the 9th with a body shot. However two rounds later in round 11 Arthur got floored himself after taking a right hand that knocked him straight through the ropes. He managed to regain his composure and won a close decision.[15]

Following the Foster win Arthur geared himself up to take on Dominican Joan Guzmán who held the full version of the title. However, Guzmán decided that he wanted to move up a weight division and chose not to compete against Arthur. This decision by Guzmán meant that the interim titleholder was now recognized as the organization's world champion.[16]

Arthur however surrendered the title in his very next fight, losing a unanimous points decision to England's Nicky Cook at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 9 September 2008. Arthur claimed that he had been "robbed" he also added "It was three English judges - in England. A fighter knows in his heart if he has won or lost a fight and I really thought I had won",[17] Other observers however thought that the decision was fair and that Cook fully deserved his win. .[18] [19]

Second comeback[edit]

Since losing to Nicky Cook in 2008 Arthur went on to win against Mohamed Benbiou on 19 June 2009 via TKO in Round 1 at the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow, Arthur then lost on points to Nigel Wright on 5 December 2009 at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. In 2010 Arthur had 2 back to back wins against Peter McDonagh on 4 September 2010 and Jay Morris on 4 December 2010 both in Glasgow.

Arthur was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to boxing.[20]

Amazing Alex Arthur Promotions and Retirement[edit]

In 2011 Arthur went into promoting with his own AAA Promotions. His first event took place at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh on 27 August 2011 where Arthur fought Aleksander Vakhtangashvili and won via TKO in the fourth round. On 14 April 2012 AAA Promotions staged their second and final event again at the Meadowbank Stadium where Arthur faced Michael Frontin and won via points after 8 rounds.

On 26 June 2013 Arthur officially retired from boxing after 14 months without a fight.

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (21 knockouts, 10 decisions), 3 loss(s) (1 knockout), 0 Draw, 0 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 31-3 Mauritius Michael Frontin PTS 8 14 April 2012 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Second, and final, self promoted fight also final fight before 2013 retirement
Win 30-3 Georgia (country) Aleksander Vakhtangashvili TKO 4 (10) 27 August 2011 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland First self promoted fight
Win 29-3 United Kingdom Jay Morris PTS 8 4 December 2010 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 28-3 United Kingdom Peter McDonagh PTS 8 4 September 2010 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Loss 27-3 United Kingdom Nigel Wright PTS 8 5 December 2009 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Win 27-2 France Mohamed Benbiou TKO 1 (8) 19 June 2009 United Kingdom Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Loss 26-2 United Kingdom Nicky Cook UD 12 6 September 2008 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England For WBO super featherweight title
Win 26-1 United Kingdom Stephen Foster UD 12 15 December 2007 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Retained interim WBO super featherweight title
Win 25-1 United States Koba Gogoladze TKO 10 (12) 21 July 2007 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff, Wales For interim WBO super featherweight title
Win 24-1 Spain Sergio Palomo TKO 5 (12) 4 November 2006 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland Retained EBU (European) super featherweight title
Win 23-1 Belarus Sergey Gulyakevich TD 7 (12) 29 April 2006 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Retained EBU (European) super featherweight title
Win 22-1 United Kingdom Ricky Burns UD 12 18 February 2006 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Retained the British, EBU (European) and Commonwealth super featherweight titles
Win 21-1 Russia Boris Sinitsin UD 12 23 July 2005 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Won EBU (European) super featherweight title
Win 20-1 United Kingdom Craig Docherty KO 9 (12) 8 April 2005 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland For vacant British and Commonwealth super featherweight title
Win 19-1 Argentina Nazareno Gaston Ruiz UD 12 3 December 2004 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Retained IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 18-1 Ghana Eric Odumase RTD 6 (12) 22 October 2004 United Kingdom Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, Scotland Retained IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 17-1 Uganda Michael Kizza KO 1 (12) 27 March 2004 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland For vacant IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Loss 16-1 United Kingdom Michael Gomez TKO 5 (12) 25 October 2003 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Lost both British and WBA Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 16-0 United Kingdom Willie Limond TKO 8 (12) 12 July 2003 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Retained British super featherweight title
Win 15-0 South Africa Patrick Malinga TKO 6 (12) 22 March 2003 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland For vacant WBA Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 14-0 United Kingdom Carl Greaves TKO 6 (12) 14 December 2002 United Kingdom Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England Retained British super featherweight title
Win 13-0 United Kingdom Steve Conway KO 4 (12) 19 October 2002 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland For vacant British super featherweight title
Win 12-0 Belarus Pavel Patipko KO 1 (6) 17 August 2002 United Kingdom Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales
Win 11-0 Russia Nikolay Eremeev RTD 5 (12) 8 June 2002 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland For vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 10-0 Poland Dariusz Snarski TKO 10 (12) 11 March 2002 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland For IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 9-0 Bulgaria Wladimir Borov TKO 2 (8) 19 January 2002 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 8-0 Hungary Laszlo Bognar TKO 3 (8) 17 November 2001 United Kingdom Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 7-0 Russia Alexey Slyauchin TKO 1 (6) 27 October 2001 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Win 6-0 Russia Dmitry Gorodetsky TKO 1 (4) 15 September 2001 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Win 5-0 Ukraine Rakhim Mingaleyev PTS 4 21 July 2001 United Kingdom Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England
Win 4-0 United Kingdom Dafydd Carlin PTS 4 28 April 2001 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Win 3-0 United Kingdom Woody Greenway RTD 2 (4) 26 March 2001 United Kingdom Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England
Win 2-0 United Kingdom Eddie Nevins TKO 1 (4) 10 February 2001 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England
Win 1-0 United Kingdom Richmond Asante TKO 1 (4) 25 November 2000 United Kingdom Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England Professional debut

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Michael Gomez
British Junior Lightweight Champion
19 October 2002 - 25 October 2003
Succeeded by
Michael Gomez
Preceded by
Craig Docherty
Commonwealth Junior Lightweight Champion
8 April 2005 - 21 July 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kevin Mitchell
New title WBO Super Featherweight Champion
Interim title

21 July 2007 – 14 May 2008
Promoted
Preceded by
Joan Guzmán
Vacated
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
14 May 2008 - 9 September 2008
Succeeded by
Nicky Cook