Lyndon Arthur and Zach Parker look to build on their respective rises to title contention as they share a bill in separate bouts this weekend.
Manchester’s Arthur (18-0, 12KOs) faces undefeated Davide Faraci in a scheduled ten-round regional light heavyweight title fight. Both fighters made weight for their main event, which airs live on BT Sport from the famed Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, England.
Arthur weighed 174.6 pounds for his first fight since a well-earned split decision win over Anthony Yarde last December 5 at The Church House in Westminster. The win left the unbeaten 30-year-old as a consensus Top 10 light heavyweight, biding his time while awaiting the right opportunity to pursue a world title shot.
Faraci (15-0, 7KOs) weighed 174 ¾ pounds for his first career fight in England. The well-traveled 29-year-old from Pomezia, Italy embarks on his second straight road trip, coming off of an eight-round decision win over previously unbeaten Emre Cukur last February in Goeppingen, Germany.
Derbyshire’s Parker (20-0, 14KOs) remains active while waiting his place in line for a crack at a super middleweight title. The unbeaten number-one WBO contender weighed 167¼ pounds for a regional title defense versus Uzbekistan’s Sherzid Khusanov (22-2-1, 10KOs), who weighed 167.8 pounds for their scheduled ten-round affair.
London’s Archie Sharp (19-0, 9KOs) weighed 129¼ pounds for his scheduled ten-round regional junior lightweight title fight versus Diego Andrade Chavez (13-4-2, 1KO), who checked in at 129.7 pounds for his first fight outside of his native Mexico.
Deeper on the undercard, Dennis McCann and John Chuwa collide in what has developed into a grudge match. McCann (9-0, 5KOs)—a 20-year-old bantamweight southpaw from Kent, England—weighed 120 ¼ pounds, while Tanzania’s Chuwa tipped the scale at 120.6 pounds. Both had plenty to say during the obligatory stare down, refusing to shake hands as McCann vowed to end the fight inside of three rounds.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox