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Arthur-Guzman set for June clash

Alex Arthur
Arthur was due to fight Guzman on 3 May

Alex Arthur's postponed WBO superfeatherweight title fight against champion Joan Guzman is likely to be rescheduled for June.

The original 3 May date at Meadowbank Arena, Edinburgh, had been cancelled due to problems with a visa for Guzman.

However, fight promoters Sports Network have confirmed the 31-year-old from the Dominican Republic is now free to travel to the United Kingdom.

Arthur became 'interim' champion after beating Koba Gogoladze in July.

Sean Gibbons, of Guzman's promoter Sycuan Ringside Promotions, said: "All we need now is for Frank Warren to give us the new, rescheduled date.

"Guzman cleared up his visa issues and is now ready to go to Scotland to successfully defend his WBO belt."

Arthur was frustrated by the delay, saying last week: "I was angry when I was I told that he couldn't get here on time."

"My training schedule is very precise and I plan everything with my training team to the minute, so to have my plans thrown up in the air was a big blow.

"Once I calmed down and looked at the situation again I realised that I could use this to my advantage because I now have some valuable extra time to prepare with my team.

"Guzman is a great fighter and I know that I have the beating of him but if I can be 10% faster and stronger because of the delay then it will work in my favour."

Arthur last fought in December when he survived a knockdown to overcome Englishman Steve Foster Junior and retain his interim title.

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