Alex Arthur Promotions are tonight celebrating the end of their first full year as a promotional boxing organisation with a gala event dinner at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange.
The former WBO super featherweight champion is set to retire from competitive boxing in just over six months’ time, and, with his new venture already in place, the 34-year-old will then take full control of his own promotional business.
Arthur staged his debut show in August last year and then promoted a second event eight months later in April, with Meadowbank Stadium hosting both nights. Those in attendance at tonight’s Christmas Ball will have the pleasure of being in the company of not just one but two former Scottish world champions.
Arthur said: “There will be no boxing on show but it’s just a chance to say thank you to everyone in what is our first year. There will be a three-course dinner and champagne reception and some after-dinner speaking with myself and Kenny Buchanan. Alex Arthur Promotions are looking to make a big start next year and we have a few things lined up already so we want to end 2012 on a high.” Arthur is satisfied with how the promotional side of things have gone and is ready to commit full-time as he prepares to bid farewell to a professional career that stretches over 12 years and has included British, Commonwealth, European and World titles. “I am happy at how it’s gone and behind closed doors, things have been great,” he said of his new business. “We have been trying to build relationships within the city and that is really important for myself.
“We want to create a better opportunity for the boxers from Edinburgh and put on professional shows. We’re looking around about March for our first show next year.”
Arthur insists there’s no chance of him boxing beyond next June. He added: “June 2013 is my deadline as that’s when it’s my birthday. I have always said I won’t go beyond 35 and I am sticking by that. I’m exploring different avenues but at this point I can’t really see myself having more than two fights. Preferably they will be in Edinburgh and it would be good to get a really big name.”