The recurring Welsh featherweight, 2002 Commonwealth Games champion, is now next in line for a British title shot against champion Martin Lindsay. Arthur is victorious since his comeback in 2008 and beat highly-rated Akaash Bhatia in the British title eliminator. Arthur said that When I retired, I know I hadn't reach my potential.He supposed to be the first Welshman since Howard Winstone in 1958 to win a Commonwealth boxing crown when he won the lightweight division in
The golden boy curved professional a year later in a fire of publicity, combating on many high-profile bills of then stable-mate Joe Calzaghe's undercards and won his first nine professional fights. But Arthur struggle to settle into the professional game and retired in the wake of back-to-back knockouts in 2005 by Haider Ali and Harry Ramogoadi.
The Cwmbran boxer returned to the ring three years later to beat Ayittey Mettle in April 2008. When I curved pro my Commonwealth gold medal was like a millstone around my neck Arthur told was chucked directly into the limelight with a big promoter and being on television I had a lot of pressure and that hope weighed me down - it was hard to carry. I had the force of people patting me on the back and saying how good I was going to be.
There was a force to bang opponents out and really shine. There was also the force of people criticising my every move. The 29-year-old added On my comeback I have fight in small hall shows and have educated my trade properly. Also I rather to be the underdog people now want to write me off and that suits me fine. The stress will return if I fight for a British title but I'm 29-years-old now and I'm more mature both as a fighter and as a person and so that I can handle things much better.
When I won Commonwealth gold my age was 22 and still I was a kid. While I have a great time first time around, I was young and I wasn't taking the game as seriously as I am now. Now I want to see how superior I can be don't want to be one more journeyman, I now want to win titles. I'm not involved in fighting six-rounders as there is not a huge deal of money in boxing.
Coming back was a huge gamble and monetarily it is a struggle for me and my family. But when I'm old and grey I don't want to imagine I had 20 years of being punched in the head but won nothing. I'm previously riding out my second chance and if I lose my next fight it could be my boxing career over.Arthur, now taught by former Commonwealth and British light-heavyweight champion Eddie Avoth, has quit his refrigeration and personal training businesses to concentrate on boxing full-time.
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