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Alex Arthur rules out challenge on Ricky Burns’ WBO superfeatherweight title

Alex Arthur has ruled out a possible first Scottish world title fight with Ricky Burns for the latter’s WBO super-featherweight title.

The two last met in the ring in February 2006, when Arthur out-pointed the then novice Burns to retain his British, Commonwealth and European super- featherweight titles.

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After Arthur continued his comeback at lightweight (135lbs) with an impressive points win over Peter McDonagh on the undercard of Burns’ victory over Roman Martinez, a rematch was mooted by Frank Warren, who promotes both fighters.

But Arthur claims that getting down to super-featherweight almost killed him in the past and says that lightweight is the minimum weight he can campaign at.

“There is just no way that I will ever fight at super-featherweight [130lbs] again,” said Arthur. “When I fought Ricky back in 2006 I had to lose 10lbs in the last two days previous to the fight.

“My calves turned blue and they were so stiff they were like iron, the cramping was terrible. I took a salt drink to try and combat the dehydration and it was the worst thing I could have done. It almost killed me.

“I am a family man now with a beautiful wife and three young kids and there is just no way I am going to risk all that for boxing. I know it would be a super fight in Scottish terms, a sell-out and the first time two Scots had ever fought for a world title, but I just can’t go through that again and put my life on the line.”

But Arthur says there is one way the pair could face each other. “I give myself three years left at the top and my plan is to become lightweight world champion. Once that happens, I would be delighted for Ricky to vacate his super-featherweight title and challenge me for the lightweight world title.

“I said to Ricky after I beat him in 2006 that one day he would be world champion and he has proved me right. God willing one day we will fight again.”

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