Lyndon Arthur got back to winning ways nine months after losing his rematch to Anthony Yarde as he broke down Walter Sequeira, stopping the brave Argentinian in the sixth of an eight-rounder.
Arthur towered over his Argentinian opponent and worked behind the jab and landing clubbing rights.
Sequeira was on the floor twice in the third round from a right uppercut and then a right hook, as well as from a clubbing right to the side of the head in the fourth.
But Arthur never really went flat out for a finish. Indeed, he took his time to such an extent that his trainer, Pat Barrett, was starting to get frustrated with him.
Sequeira, who was stopped in four rounds by Yarde on a previous trip to the UK, was brave and soaked it all up, but never really threatened Arthur. The end finally came as Arthur landed a right uppercut that sent Sequeira stumbling backwards, referee Darren Sarginson diving in to stop the fight at 2:24 of round six.
“That wasn’t the best performance, but I got the job done and shook off a bit of ring rust,” Arthur said. “I knew he was tough, but I got him out of there.”
The light-heavyweight division in Britain is packed with talent right now, with Yarde, Callum Smith, Joshua Buatsi, Callum Johnson and Craig Richards all in the mix.
“This is the best light-heavyweight on these shores, and I believe this man will conquer the world,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “I want him out very, very fast again. The skillset is there, the uppercut, the left hook, the way he knows how to throw shots and move the body. But we need activity.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.