Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

In-demand Lindsay bags Arthur bout

Martin Lindsay will defend his British featherweight title against Welshman Jamie Arthur on March 19.

While a venue has yet to be confirmed by Frank Maloney, it would seem the promoter is heading the queue to sign the exciting Belfast man.

Lindsay is understood to have spoken to all the major promoters and Maloney says he would love to a seal a deal with the featherweight champion.

Maloney has long admired Lindsay's talent but believes his career needs to start hitting the fast track.

Maloney said: “Of course I would like to do a deal with Lindsay because he's an all-action exciting fighter.

“Unfortunately for him he has become the forgotten champion of British boxing.

“After that great win over Paul Appleby for the British title he should have taken off.

“But, through no fault of his or his promoter it didn't happen.

“Setanta television finished and that led to problems for him but I believe with the right handling he can go all the way to a world title.

“And I expect this fight with Jamie Arthur to be one of the best fights of the year.”

Maloney had been looking to possibly stage the fight in Belfast but it is now set for Newport, Wales.

While Maloney would like to secure a deal with Lindsay, who is ranked seven by the IBF, there are others keen to snap him up also.

Lindsay said: “I'm hoping to get the business sorted out within the next week or two.

“I want to see who can give me the best deal, not just money but the whole package.”

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