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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Arthur shrugs off trainer blow
Alex Arthur
Arthur: "Reach will be a factor"
Alex Arthur has played down the loss of top trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his fight with Michael Gomez.

The British super-featherweight champion has promised to outclass his challenger at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium on 25 October.

"Amazing" Arthur had hoped to enlist the help of Roach in the run-up to the fight, but the American backed down after a contractual challenge by boxer Manny Pacquaio, who he also looks after.

"It won't be a major blow," said Arthur.

"My other trainer, Terry McCormack, has spent time in the States with Freddie, discussing the fight.

"And just going out to LA and working with him in the gym was a massive boost."

When I look at Michael I see about 20 ways to beat him - I'm just looking forward to shutting him up
Alex Arthur

Arthur spent a couple of weeks in Roach's Wild Card gym in September, sparring with the likes of Johnny Tapia, Pacquaio and Bernard Dunne.

"Sparring is tough and everyone wants to learn all the time," he said.

"But they don't focus on diet, measure body fat or even monitor their fitness levels like we do over here."

Arthur says his scientific approach will pay dividends against Gomez, who has waged a war of words ahead of the fight.

"His last fight at the weight limit was against Kevin Lear nearly 18 months ago," said Arthur.

"He's not made the weight for a year and a half, whereas I've had four fights in that time.

"Michael hasn't even prepared for a 12-round fight since he lost to Lear. The last time he was in the ring was April, a whole six months ago."

Size will be a telling factor, according to Arthur.

"I'm 5ft 9in and he's 5ft 6in, and I've got a three-inch reach advantage, so he shouldn't be able to get near me.

"I was more worried about Willie Limond, who was a tricky fighter to break down.

"But when I look at Michael I see about 20 ways to beat him. I'm just looking forward to shutting him up."

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