MARTIN LINDSAY will make the first defence of his British featherweight title against in-form Jamie Arthur.



Their 12 rounder takes place at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre on March 19 and will be televised live by the home of boxing Sky Sports.


Belfast’s Lindsay (15-0) won the title last April with a sixth round stoppage of Scot Martin Lindsay in one the best domestic fights of 2009.


And now the 27-yerar-old is determined to make if a Celtic double when he tackles Welshman Jamie Arthur (16-2) in a clash that promises to be an all out war.


Lindsay is already in training camp and added: “Everything is going well except that is about -12 in the gym.


“You are training harder just to stay warm. The weather does have a bit of an effect on you roadwork but there are a few treadmills in the gym so you can still go in and tick away on them.”

Cwmbran’s Arthur is a 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, but retired from boxing in July 2005.


He returned almost three years later and has won seven fights on the bounce.

The 30-year-old earned himself the mandatory position for Lindsay’s Lonsdale belt after outpointing Akaash Bhatia in June.


He said: “The reason I came back was to win the British title and I think my challenge will be a helluva fight.”


The undercard is stacked with talent from Maloney’s and Steve Wood’s impressive VIP stable.


Among those fighting are Olympic bronze medallist David Price, former British super-middleweight champion Tony Quigley, British flyweight king Shinny Bayaar, Paul Edwards, Mark Moran, Karl Place, Rick Goddins and Kieran Farrell.


Tickets for are available for £40 and £80 ringside from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com