Martin Lindsay: Selby is a boxer, Warrington is a fighter it will be a hard fight to call

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are currently in the painstaking process of building up a pay-per-view fight between the ‘Welsh Mayweather’ Lee Selby [24(8)-1(0)] and popular Leeds featherweight, Josh Warrington [21(4)-0].

Selby, older brother of amateur star Andrew, won the IBF title in May with a classy stoppage victory over Evgeny Gradovich – and has recently taken Al Haymon on board as an adviser as he seeks to break America.

24 year old Warrington is currently the Commonwealth champion. He possesses a massive fan-base and has the potential to one day headline a stadium bill at Elland Road.

One man who has fought both fighters is former British champion Martin Lindsay. The Belfast man dropped points decisions to the pair at the tail-end of his impressive career.

Speaking exclusively to irish-boxing.com, Lindsay revealed that he would find it hard to pick a winner between the two. Giving his opinions on the Matchroom duo, Lindsay mused that “Selby is the better boxer and Warrington can be hit, but if Selby lets him in Warrington has a great engine.”

However, Lindsay still feels like he was unable to be at his best against Warrington, having been out of the ring for over a year. ‘The Mac Man’ explained that “I still think if I had been active and got the right preparation against Warrington, the outcome may have been different.”

“He won the fight that night – but maybe if things had of been different I could have got more out of that fight.”

The 33 year old certainly wants to see a match-up between two of only three opponents who bested him in the ring, saying that “if the two of them do fight I would buy a ticket and go and watch it.”

Indeed Lindsay is happy to see his former foes reaching world level noting that “they have both done well and I am pleased that I went 12 rounds with the two of them.”

“It is no disgrace to lose to those guys.”

Joe O'Neill

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