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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 July 2007, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Arthur wants crown - and Barrera
Alex Arthur celebrates his victory in Cardiff
Alex Arthur stopped Koba Gogoladze over 10 rounds in Cardiff
WBO interim world champion Alex Arthur has set his sights on Marco Antonio Barrera after stopping Koba Gogoladze within 10 rounds in Cardiff.

"I'd love that to happen," said Arthur. "Barrera is huge in boxing. That would probably be the best for me and it's a crack I'd have a chance of winning."

The Scot is now the mandatory challenger to Joan Guzman's world super featherweight title.

But the Dominican Republic fighter is poised to move up a weight.

Guzman now has 90 days in which to either fight 29-year-old Arthur or relinquish his crown.

And the Scotsman thinks his next fight will be against Barrera, Erik Morales, Manny Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez.

"Those are the fights I'm looking at now," said the Scotsman.

As I see it, I'm the champion now

Alex Arthur

"I don't think Guzman is going to want to fight me. He is part of that little elite club, with Barrera, Morales, Manny Pacquiao, Marquez. They are all in the early 30s and rolling in cash.

"They just fight each other, title or no title. They are the bosses of the division, everyone wants to see them go at it and they get paid a couple of million bucks each fight.

"Why would Guzman want to travel for a mandatory defence against me when he can make the bucks against those guys?

"That's where I want to be. I reckon I can hold my own against those guys.

"Hopefully I can get the chance to prove it. It'd be nice to get the millions for beating up some of those guys."

Arthur is not concerned at the prospect of taking on 33-year-old Barrera, who shattered the soaring career of Prince Naseem Hamed.

"Obviously my size would be a massive advantage and he also leaves himself open to the right hand," he said.

Arthur, who floored Gogoladze three times before his bout was stopped, does not care if he gets the world title by default should Guzman fail to defend it.

"To be honest, I know it's probably best to say I want to win it in the ring and do it the right way, but right now I just want the belt," he said.

"I see myself as the true WBO champion. Saturday was my title fight. That's how I prepared for it.

"Guzman hasn't fought in ages, he's inactive, he's not really the champion.

"Of course, if he does fight, I won't be disappointed.

"I think I proved against Gogoladze what I can do. He's a tough guy and I had him down three times. Why should I be worried about Guzman?

"He can fight me if he wants. But, as I see it, I'm the champion now."

Frank Warren, Arthur's promoter, explained any future title fight was dependant on Guzman's imminent decision.

"I can't line Arthur up against any of the Mexicans until we know about Guzman, whether or not he wants to fight," said Warren.

"If he does, Arthur will be back in the ring within 90 days. If not, I'll have him a big fight soon."

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