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Immaculata boxer Martin Lindsay will take on Wales' Lee Selby in British featherweight title contest on Saturday

Lindsay set for Selby title showdown

By David Mohan

Just like the featured attraction on Saturday night, the chief support bout is also a rearranged fight as Martin Lindsay prepares to reclaim the British featherweight title when he takes on Lee Selby.
Just hours before they were due to trade leather at the Odyssey Arena last September, the Welshman fell ill and on doctors orders, was withdrawn from the fight.
Instead, Lindsay had to content himself with eight rounds of trying to chop down light-welterweight Renald Garrido instead. While he didn’t manage to stop the Frenchman who was a full stone heavier, Lindsay did score a wide points decision to improve his record to 20-1.
The hope is history doesn’t repeat itself this weekend: “Fingers crossed it doesn’t happen again but it’s just one of those things – a bit of bad luck.”
It was tempting when writing this preview to regurgitate what was written before their first proposed fight in September because, apart from that Garrido win, nothing has changed for either man.
That has meant that preparations, for Lindsay anyway, have remained the same.
“Nothing new,” he said simply.  “I have just been working hard and we are working on our gameplan here, nothing different.
“It’s been tough because this fight has been in the works since last year. It’s good now that it’s actually happening because things have been dragging on for a bit and I suppose it’s been holding both of us up.”
On the day before that ‘Judgement Day’ bill, a large and raucous crowd gathered in the penthouse of the Europa Hotel to watch the weigh-in. It was a super charged atmosphere that lunch-time and when it was put to Lindsay did he feel as if Selby was slightly intimidated during the traditional stare-down, he was unsure.
“The weigh-in was a bit intimidating and maybe it caught him off guard. There was a lot of people there and a lot of noise,” he recalls.
“But all of the hard work is done – the weigh-in is just a part of it. You do all of your hard work in the gym ahead of the fight and the weigh-in is sort of irrelevant.”
It is likely to be the same when the boxers weigh-in this Friday (time and venue TBC) but that should just be a taste for what the boxers will experience at the Odyssey on Saturday night. Lindsay enjoyed his first experience of the Belfast docklands arena and is looking forward to performing there again, hopefully not for the last time.
“It was good to box there the last time – the first time I have fought there. Fighting on these big shows and in big arenas is what you want,” he explains.
“It’s a great bill and as long as we all keep on winning, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are going to keep coming back. There are thousands going to the show, so he’s happy, we’re happy, everyone’s happy.
“The fights are all 50/50 and they are exciting for the paying customer.”
There is no doubting the quality of the bill, nor the size of the challenge that awaits the ‘Mac Man’ when he steps between the ropes to try and reclaim the title lost to John Simpson in 2010.
Selby’s quality is unquestioned, the Welshman tipped for big things in the featherweight division but Lindsay will fancy his chances to grind the Barry man down.
He will turn 31 later this year and with the clock ticking it’s time to deliver. There may not be another chance he admits, so the time is now.
“Since I lost to Simpson it has taken me 18 months to get another shot at it so I can’t really afford to wait that long to win titles. I have to take this opportunity now,” he stressed.
“He (Selby) has his strengths and weakness but it’s up to me to go in there and fight my fight, I’m not too worried about his gameplan. That’s what I’m working on in the gym and what I hope to produce.”

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