20 October 2009 – By Cormac Campbell
Martin Lindsay looks set to make the first defence of his British featherweight title against Welshman Jamie Arthur early next year.
The unbeaten Lindsay, 14-0, will first return to action against an unknown opponent on November 6 on the undercard of Paul McCloskeys European light-welterweight title fight with Souleymane M’baye.
Lindsay, last years Irish Boxing Prospect of the Year, claimed the British strap with a stunning stoppage victory over Paul Appleby in April at the Ulster Hall.
Arthur secured his crack with a points victory over Akaash Bhatia in June and purse bids expected before November 11. Irish-boxing.com had previously reported that Lindsay was to face Scotsman John Simpson, but the BBBC have stated on their website that:
“Due to John Simpson having contractual obligations to defend his Commonwealth Championship, the purse bids for this contest were cancelled. The Stewards decided to put out the purse bids for the following contest. MARTIN LINDSAY (Holder) v JAMIE ARTHUR.”
The contest must take place by the end of January 2010.