24 February 2010 – By Cormac Campbell
Martin Lindsay will be roared on by a sizeable support base when he defends his British featherweight title against Welshman Jamie Arthur in Leigh on March 19.
The Belfastman had hoped the contest, the first defence of the title he won last April against Paul Appleby at the Ulster Hall, would be on homesoil. But when Promoter Frank Maloney won purse bids, he opted for a neutral venue in England for the Sky TV broadcast contest.
But Lindsay will be confident of a warm reception when he enters the ring after selling over 100 tickets.
Im sure he (Frank Maloney) saw the Ulster Hall the last time (vs Appleby) so I was a bit surprised that he didnt have it in Belfast, Lindsay told irish-boxing.com.
But there are well over 100 of my supporters going over. They have all booked their flights and hotels and hopefully if I get a victory they will get a good party for the weekend.
Despite being happy to travel, Lindsay insists that he wants to box his future contests at home.
We could have sold out a bigger venue this time round but hopefully we will get this one out of the way and bring the next one back here.
And the Immaculata star is confident that he will still be British champion for his homecoming.
Everything is going well. The weight is coming down and the sparring is going brilliantly so with three weeks to go I cant wait!
Two of my sparring partners won the Ulster Seniors and are in the semi finals of the Irish seniors so there is good sparring if they are winning that means I am on my game.
I dont feel rusty. Before the April and November fights I had relatively long lay-offs. A lot of that stuff is in the mind so if I train hard it wont be a factor on the night.
If you are hoping to travel to Leigh for Lindsay vs Arthur and would like to be seated with Lindsays travelling support, contact [email protected] for ticketing information.