Lyndon Arthur has had to wait patiently for his fight against Braian Nahuel Suarez for the vacant IBO world light heavyweight title and the Manchester fighter will be determined to seize his opportunity on Friday 1st September.
Arthur and Suarez were scheduled to meet at the University of Bolton Stadium in March but the Argentinian had to withdraw due to a fitness issue just 24 hours before the fight.
'King' Arthur beat Suarez's replacement Boris Crighton on points after a dominant 12-round performance but his main objective in 2023 has always been the title clash with the Argentinian which has now finally materialised.
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|What||Lyndon Arthur v Braian Nahuel Suarez|
|Where||Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton, England.|
|When||Friday 1st September, 21:00 GMT|
|How to watch||Channel 5|
Of the five leading men in the British light-heavyweight division, Lyndon Arthur is on the outside looking in.
Callum Smith takes on Artur Beterbiev in January, Anthony Yarde is proven at the highest level, while Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez are closing in on a world title shot.
Arthur’s win over Anthony Yarde in December 2021 was proof that on his best day his skillset can trouble the best in Britain.
Just beating Braian Suarez on September 1 isn’t enough. A dominating performance is a must against the Argentine fighter who is exciting to watch but defensively suspect.
Defeat for Arthur is simply not an option.
Arthur takes on Suarez on Friday 1st September 2023. The fighters had originally been due to meet on Friday 24th March 2023 but Suarez was forced to pull out on medical grounds just 24 hours before the fight.
The card is likely to start at 18:00 with the ringwalk for Arthur's bout against Suarez taking place at 22:00.
The fight will be held at Bolton Whites Hotel, which is part of the University of Bolton Stadium complex in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Yes, the fight will be shown live on Channel 5 in the UK.
Prices are not yet available for September's fight but Arthur was chalked up as a hot favourite to beat Suarez in March before the bout had to be postponed due to latter's medical issues.
Yes, the fighters are battling for the prize of the vacant title. Arthur is hoping to become the first English fighter to claim the belt which has been held by legends including Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Arthur has won 22 of his 23 professional fights and 15 of those victories have come by knockout. His only career defeat was in a rematch with Anthony Yarde in December 2021 when, having beaten Yarde on points the previous year, Arthur was knocked out by the Londoner in the fourth round.
Before beating Aberdeen's Crighton on points in March, Arthur had stopped his previous two opponents, Walter Gabriel Sequeira in September 2022 and fellow Englishman Joel McIntyre in December that year.
Suarez is a 31-year-old fighter who has won 18 of his 19 bouts with 17 of those triumphs coming by knockout.
His only professional defeat came in June 2022 in Buenos Aires, where he was knocked down twice in the first round by Albert Ramirez.
Suarez's last fight was a third-round stoppage victory against Mauricio Roberto Caceda in July this year and his title clash with Arthur will be his first appearance outside his native Argentina.
Against Braian Suarez, there is evidence to suggest that Lyndon Arthur could have things all his own way.
The Argentine is a come forward South American bull whose style should play into Arthur’s hands, and Arthur would have no problem playing the role of a Mancunian Matador.
His laser jab should be able to pick off the on-rushing Suarez who isn’t difficult to find.
One downside to an opponent like this is Arthur can’t invite pressure, spend too long on the ropes and, as he often does, seek perfection.
Suarez will unload everything he has at any opportunity and will hit any part of Arthur’s anatomy.
A win for Arthur would give him the IBO title at 175lbs. This is not a world title, but it gives him a bargaining chip to land better fights.
Between Arthur and Suarez there is a significant gulf in skill, but South American fighters don’t stop until the referee steps in. And he has proven he can get off the canvas and win having been dropped three times in his last three fights.
Arthur doesn’t often let his hands go and this is the perfect opportunity to do so and prove that he is a level above the opponent in front of him on 1st September.
|World class jab||Lack of urgency|
|Defence||Fights at level of opponent|
|Concentration||Reliant on jab|
|Right hand||Seeks perfection|
Braian Suarez is your typical all-action Latino fighter that takes as many as he lands.
His suspect chin makes him exciting to watch but there is a lack of basics, which he likely possesses, that he chooses to ignore.
Beating Lyndon Arthur will change his life and if the Briton isn’t at 100% Suarez will throw the kitchen sink until he has nothing left.
Getting involved in a boxing contest isn’t going to end well for the Argentinian so he must go all out.
It will be boxer vs brawler, and history has shown that the latter can overcome the sweet science from time to time.
|Uppercut on the inside||Open to right hands|
|Volume puncher||Vulnerable in exchanges|
|Powers of recovery||Chin|
Let's take a look at the tale of the tape between the British and Argentine fighters...
|Lyndon Arthur||Braian Nahuel Suarez|
|Reach:||74 ins||73 ins|
|Record:||22-1 (15 KOs)||18-1 (17 KOs)|
|Last Fight:||W - UD v Boris Crighton (Mar 2023)||W - TKO (R3) v Mauricio Roberto Caceda (Jan 2023)|
The line-up for the undercard to September's fight is still to be confirmed.
When Arthur fought Crighton in Bolton in March, the undercard included welterweight James Moorcroft's win over Nathan Bennett and German middleweight star Denis Radovan's victory against Fouad El Massoudi.