23 April 2009 – By Mark Doyle
The winner of Saturdays eagerly-awaited featherweight clash between Paul Appleby and Martin Lindsay at the Ulster Hall has been promised a world title shot.
Scottish sensation Appleby, who is just 21, will put his British title on the line against Belfast native Lindsay in a bout to be shown exclusively live on Setanta Sports.
The undefeated duo had both already acknowledged that this is a pivotal moment in their respective careers.
That has been underlined by the fact that, according to promoter Tommy Egan, IBF titleholder Cristobal Cruz has agreed to take on the victor.
I am authorised by Art Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, Philadelphia PA, to offer the winner of the British featherweight title clash on Saturday a fight with IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz, should he come unscathed from his next defence, Egan revealed.
I have already had talks with Applebys people, Tommy Gilmore and Matchroom, as well as Lindsays camp, John Rooney and Haymaker Promotions.
Furthermore, the fight could be held in either Glasgow or Belfast depending. Art Pelullo, Banner Promotions and I would be delighted to host other big world title fights in Ireland or Britain.
Granted, Cruz must come through his next defence victorious, but it is great motivation for both fighters ahead of their British title fight.
Both are very exciting young fighters and this would be a great opportunity for either.