Lydon Arthur began to believe in dream after ‘twin’ Sunny Edwards became champ

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Lyndon Arthur revealed how seeing his 'twin brother' Sunny Edwards become
world champion has made him believe his boxing dream can become a reality.

The Manchester light-heavyweight became good friends with recently crowned IBF flyweight champion Edwards during their time on GB Boxing in the amateurs.

Now the pair share different pro gyms but they are still close friends and Arthur was ringside when Croydon ace Edwards beat Moruti Mthalane for the IBF flyweight belt at York Hall in April.

Arthur, now 30, is on his own world title mission at light-heavyweight and wants a crack at WBO champion Joe Smith.

But first he faces fellow unbeaten fighter Davide Faraci at Royal Albert Hall tonight while there may be a rematch with Anthony Yarde later this year.

“My goal was always the same regardless of Sunny winning but the fact he has done it makes it seem less impossible,” said Arthur, who is 18-0.

“When you start off it is just a dream to be a world champion, but then when you see people around you do it then it makes it closer to reality.

“I was there to witness it first hand. It was great.

“Now I've got a picture with his belt, which gives me my vision. You have to visualise things and that will definitely be something I wanted to visualise.”

Edwards, 25, is hoping his pal will follow in his footsteps after beating Yarde last year.

The pair have now had breakthrough performances to answer critics who saw them as unfancied outsiders.

“He has got the ability to win a world title,” said Edwards.

“He's my twin brother, we came from similar places at the end of the amateurs.

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“Even on GB coming through, coming through as pros we have been in the same bracket, sort of the 'nobody is that arsed about you' club where you're doing your thing and you're building up a little following.

“We are recognisable but we were still trying to break out.

“He won the fight he thought he would win for a long time and so did I.

“Two or three fights nobody was that arsed about him, the same with me until I did it at world level. “He will get the timing right now for a world title.

“When he does get it then we can have a race for the most belts.”

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