By Jonny Stapleton
Martin Lindsay’s fiancé is to blame for the Belfast fighters most recent spout of inactivity.
The former British champion seems to have on going trouble securing bouts and just when two big Belfast cards come along within the space of a week Lindsay’s wife to be barred him from entering the ring.
The 29 year old, whose last outing was a December loss suffered at gloves of tough Scott John Simpson, is a strong ticket seller and as a result was an attractive option to both Matchroom and Hennessy Sports, who run shows in the Odyssey Arena and the Kings Hall on the 10 and 17 of September respectfully.
However, despite being tempted to make a ring return the fact he has to sport the wedding suit this month means he is not allowed to sport the boxing gloves, much to the disapointment of the Belfast fight public.
Mrs Lindsay to be doesn’t want black eyes in her wedding pictures and the fighter has to concern himself with wedding rings rather than boxing rings as a result.
“I was tempted to fight on one of the bills but the missus wouldn’t let me,” Lindsay joked at the Martin Rogan press conference.
“I was going to fight in March but I injured my ankle so that fell through. Then I was due out in June but I couldn’t come to terms with Frank Maloney so that didn’t happen. I am getting married soon so that means I can‘t fight now. Once I get the wedding and honeymoon out of the way I will hopefully get a fight at the end of the year. If I wasn’t getting married I could have fought on any of the three Belfast bills over the next couple weeks. I am a good ticket seller so I am sure they would have wanted me on the shows,” the popular university graduate added before hinting he could appear on the under card of Martin Rogan’s WBU world title shot on October 27.
“Appearing on the Rogan show is a possibility. It is not ideal as I won’t have that much time to prepare. Also I am coming off a loss, but if the right fight was made I would consider it. I would like to get a few cobwebs off.”
Despite the long lay off Linsday claims he is still in the featherweight mix and believes a return to winning ways will see him regain his contender status.
“Hopefully I get the chance to redeem myself. I only lost one fight and it was on points against a good fighter. I only have one loss in my career and I still have plenty to offer. One more win and I am back in the mix. I think I am still number two in Britain and number 6 in the EBU ratings. Simpson rematch is there. If titles are on the line it is definitely there.”