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Lindsay trying to keep focus on next challenge

Martin Lindsay’s career should be firing on all cylinders at the moment yet it seems to be chugging along like an old banger.

Instead of making a defence of his British featherweight title, on Saturday night he will have an eight-rounder against Yauheni Kruhlik of Belarus who has campaigned at light-welterweight and has a record of 10 wins, 12 defeats and two draws.

For a man with his undoubted talent and natural power it is simply a bizarre situation but Lindsay is hoping that is about to change.

A upset points victory for Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht at the end of August over European champion Oleh Yefimovych could now open the door to Lindsay boxing for the EBU belt as he remains the number one challenger for the title.

In addition to that he is waiting to see who wins the purse bids for his British title clash with mandatory challenger Stephen Smith, who last Saturday night defeated John Simpson to win the Commonwealth title.

But such has been the pattern of Lindsay’s career that he will probably only believe a fight is on whenever he actually steps through the ropes.

Even this Belarussian is a substitute opponent after David Kiilu of Kenya was forced to withdraw.

Lindsay said: “It’s been very hard to deal with because I should really have defended my title before now but I’ve just had to keep my head down.

“I’m waiting on news about the purse bids for the mandatory defence against Smith and then there’s the European situation.

“Now that the Frenchman is the champion, I’m hoping that the European title fight could be made a lot easier than trying to face the Ukrainian.

“The way things have gone recently I just don’t know and I really just need to focus on this guy on Saturday night.

“I’ve been training for a southpaw for the past six weeks so now I have to get ready for an orthodox guy and I know that in this sport you just can’t take anything for granted.

“I can’t allow this block of training to go to waste, so I just have to go and see what he’s like and take it from there.

“Hopefully, once I get through this then I can get back into title fights again.”

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