Lyndon Arthur remains undefeated with win over Davide Faraci
In his latest in-ring effort, light heavyweight boxer Lyndon “King” Arthur (19-0, 13 KO’s) was able to keep his perfect record intact. He accomplished this by stopping Davide Faraci (15-1, 7 KO’s) in the ninth round of their showdown. It was an all-around good showing for Arthur who is coming off the biggest win of his career over Anthony Yarde.
Presently the future is extraordinarily bright for the UK native currently ranked #1 (WBO), #4 (IBF) and #8 (WBC). With these standings, he is in a perfect position to press for a fight with WBO World light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr.
Obviously, this loss is a major setback for Faraci who suffered the first professional loss of his career. The Swedish pugilist, who was coming in off a seventeen month period of inactivity, will now be forced back to the drawing board. Heading into the bout with Arthur, Faraci was not ranked in the top fifteen of any of the four major sanctioning bodies.
Right from the start of their fight, King Arthur went to work behind his beautiful jab. In fact, the useful punch worked so well that he dominated the first eight rounds of the fight doing little else. Along with his debilitating jab though, Arthur also was doing a fair amount of damage with his body work. The only significant glimmer of success that Faraci had was in the eighth period when he landed a number of notable, albeit wild blows.
Faraci’s change in luck was likely based on the fact that Arthur was trying to catch a second wind. Regardless of why it happened, his success was extremely short-lived. In the ninth round, King Arthur resumed control and put Faraci on the canvas with a pinpoint counter right-hand. To his credit, Faraci beat the count and resumed fighting. Yet, before the conclusion of the period, the Swedish fighter was back on the ground again.
The second time, Faraci was felled by a crunching left uppercut closely trailed by a right hook. The courageous boxer was able to once again beat the count. Unfortunately for him, referee Marcus McDonnell was unwilling to allow him to take any more damage and halted the fight.
By: Bakari Simpson