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Lindsay dreams of topping bill at King’s Hall

By David Kelly

Martin Lindsay hopes a successful defence of his British title tonight will kick off the pursuit of European and World honours over the next 12 months.

Lindsay is currently ranked the number one challenger for the European title and seven in the IBF World ratings but the past 11 months have been one long period of frustration.

Having won his British belt in pulsating fashion with a stoppage of Paul Appleby before a sold out Ulster Hall, Lindsay found himself on the sidelines due to the collapse of Setanta UK, followed by a parting of the ways from Hayemaker Promotions.

Instead of building an even bigger following at home he finds himself in the Leigh Leisure Centre just outside Manchester defending against Welsh mandatory challenger Jamie Arthur.

Lindsay is expected to come through without too much trouble and then he hopes to sort out his future with a new promoter who can help him fulfil his dreams.

“It’s been a very tough period for me but then I think there are probably around 200 more boxers just like me who are needing fights,” said Lindsay.

“Hopefully if I do a good job on Arthur I can sort out a promotional deal and move on to bigger fights. I’d like to have another fight before the summer and I want to be guided towards a World title shot. I know that with a bit more experience I can compete at that level.

“I was offered the chance to fight for the European title, I was informed by the British Boxing Board of Control but I said that I wanted to get this defence out of the way first before I think about that. And an offer came through just before Christmas to box a World title eliminator but the time wasn’t right.

“I want to have big fights, I want to find out how I can do at the highest level and to box at the King’s Hall is my dream.

“The Odyssey is a great venue but for me the King’s Hall is special. It’s the tradition of the place — it really is the arena for Irish boxing when you think about all the great fighters who have boxed there and the atmosphere.

“For me Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas can wait, the King’s Hall is where I want to be.”

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