22 December 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
Martin Lindsay will get the chance to avenge his sole career defeat, win back the British featherweight title and get back on European and World title track after agreeing to a rematch with John Simpson.
Super Simmo, who ripped the domestic title from Lindsays grasp via a career best performance in a thrilling bout last week, will return to the lions den and face the Mac Man in the first week of March after striking a lucrative deal with Frank Maloney.
The 27 year old Scots manager Alex Morrison is confident champion Simpson will not be uncrowned in the Kings Hall hosted bout and believes his fighter can go on and hijack Lindsays continental and world title dreams.
The Glasgow fight boss revealed: “We have already agreed terms for John to give Lindsay a rematch in the first week of March, if he wants it. John was all for it when he heard what he is getting for making a first defence back in Belfast because he’s on really good money.
“Maloney was so confident that Lindsay would win he had already booked the King’s Hall for his next two defences.
“I am personally very confident that John will do the same to Lindsay again after he produced one of the best performances I have seen from a Scottish fighter. He could have won even more convincingly had he not let Lindsay off the hook a couple of times.
“I’d hope that he would fight for the European and maybe a world title beyond Lindsay.
Simpson himself is still beaming after his shock victory. He believes he hurt his Ulster opponent on numerous occasions throughout the fight and would have no qualms of fighting in front of Lindsays partisan support again.
“I fought as well as I knew I was capable of doing and performed the way I do in the gym. Lindsay didn’t want to know after I hurt him early on and even though he started to come forward more in the eighth round I was too sharp for him.
“I caught him several times with rights over the top and left hooks to the body and I could see those shots had hurt him. After what happened to Paul Appleby in Belfast when I think he was intimidated by the crowd, it made it an even bigger fight for me. To have gone there and taken the title off a really good boxer in his own backyard makes me very proud. It was definitely the best win of my career.”