Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Sinclair set to put his Irish title on the line

Neil Sinclair

Neil Sinclair looks set to defend his Irish light-middleweight title against James Moore on October 9 at the Odyssey Arena.

Sinclair had hoped to take on John Duddy but that fight has been put on the backburner as no agreement could be reached.

Now promoter Frank Warren is ready to match Sinclair with USA-based 2001 World bronze medallist Moore.

Sinclair, who won the title with a stunning stoppage of Henry Coyle in May, will be the chief support to Martin Rogan's Commonwealth heavyweight title re-match with champion Sam Sexton.

It seems that 31-year-old Moore believes the fight is virtually signed and sealed.

Moore said: “My Irish manager, Tommy Egan, contacted me about the fight a couple of days ago and I was instantly interested.

“Sinky and myself would make a quality Irish title fight. We are both big punchers and it would most certainly be a shoot-out between two bangers — I am certain it wouldn’t go the distance and one of us will be stopped.

“I have the height of respect for Neil and I know I will have to be at my best to beat him. Personally, I can't wait for the fight to be finalised.

“I won my World Championships bronze medal at the Odyssey Arena back in 2001 and I would love to return to the venue and win again.''

Meanwhile, Martin Lindsay has once again been offered a shot at the IBF World featherweight title but promoter Adam Booth is expected to decline and pursue a British title defence in October.

Booth said: “It's not the right fight for Martin at this stage. He needs to gain more experience before he can take on a fighter like Cristobal Cruz.''

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