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Tennis: Wimbledon 2005: RING KING ARTHUR IS BEST.

Byline: By Hugh Keevins

WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT champion Scott Harrison may have offered to boost Andy Murray's stamina but the Wimbledon sensation's real boxing hero is Edinburgh's Alex Arthur.

Now Arthur, who fights Russian Boris Sinitsin for the European crown at the Meadowbank Arena on July 23, has revealed he was in constant touch with Murray during the 18-year-old's magical week at Wimbledon.

Arthur said: 'I texted Andy and his mum, Judy, and they sent me back very kind replies.

'I didn't know Andy had been to two of my fights, when I fought Michael Kizza and Eric Odumasi, but he assures me he was there with his mum.

'He says I'm his favourite fighter after Muhammad Ali and Ricky Hatton and he tries to take my attitude in the ring on to the tennis court with him.

'I think Andy's emergence in the sport is fantastic for this country.

'If I am his inspiration then I can only say that is a fantastic boost for me before I fight Sinitsin.'

Arthur and Murray were both funded by the Scottish Institute for Sport in their formative years and the boxer feels a close bond with the teenager for that reason.

He said: 'There are tips I was given on power and endurance which have helped me throughout my career.

'I would like to pass those on to Andy and anything else that might be helpful to him.

'I've asked Andy and his mum if they'll be my ringside guests when I take on Sinitsin.

'I want to become European champion for Scotland and bring more distinction to the country after Andy's amazing efforts at Wimbledon


SCOTTISH SOLDIER: Murray battled bravely at Wimbledon, as he aimed to copy his boxing hero Alex Arthur, below
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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