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Championship boxing makes a rare midweek appearance on Wednesday when Martin Lindsay (right) defends his British title against the challenge of John Simpson, with all the action from the King’s Hall in Belfast coming to us live on Sky Sports.

This really is a Christmas cracker of a match-up with the steady yet progressive skills of the champion thrown in against the challenger’s rugged, battle hardened, never say die attitude. Add a passionate Irish support coupled with a hardy band of Scottish travellers and you have all the ingredients for a domestic clash that puts the Great back into British boxing.

Greenock’s former British and Commonwealth champion John Simpson knows that he makes the trip across the Irish sea with his career teetering on the brink of collapse. An 8th defeat from 29 outings would surely spell the end for this workaholic body puncher but victory would send him flying back up the rankings, setting up a 2011 of money spinning bouts.

Bayaar v Edwards

On the undercard in Belfast, British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar puts his title on the line against the undefeated talent that is Paul Edwards.

The Mongolian born Bayaar (left) may not have enjoyed a great start to life in the professional game, failing to win any of his first 3 outings, but shortly after relocating to the boxing utopia that is Oldham, the popular southpaw began to find both his feet and his form.

Sizing up as just another journeyman plying his trade on these shores, a 2004 points defeat at the hands of Martin Power proved to be the turning point for Bayaar. He embarked on a sensational 10 fight undefeated run which bagged him an International Masters super-flyweight gong before enhancing his record with a split decision win over Chris Edwards that gifted him the Lonsdale strap in October 2009.

Despite entering this year with a respected belt around his waist, he has made only one defence thus far and that produced an unconvincing split decision draw with Cheshunt’s Flash Ahs Sexton. Little can be judged from such a performance and bookmakers have clearly given him the benefit of the doubt when pricing up a successful defence at 4/9 (Sportingbet). read more

Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana

WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan truly comes of age on Saturday in Vegas when facing Argentinean puncher Marcos Rene Maidana, live on Sky Sports PPV.

Amir Khan now boasts a record of 23 wins, 17 KO’s and 1 defeat, with 7 of those outcomes being settled in a matter of seconds rather than rounds.

Famously Khan was stopped by Colombian lightweight, Breidis Prescott after just 54 seconds in September 2008, but he has inflicted equally as abrupt stoppages on 6 of his opponents.

Chose include halting former British and Commonwealth champ Graham Earl, former WBA No.1 contender Dmitry Salita as well as a host of career building journeymen.

Maidana meanwhile has won 10 of his fights by 1st round stoppage, as well as hitting the canvas shortly after proceedings kicked off in 2005 against Omar Leon. In his notable win over Golden Boy’s Victor Ortiz, both fighters saw stars in the first round before Maidana went on to win a 6th round TKO.

Khan, since teaming up with Freddie Roach at his Wild Card camp, has markedly improved his footwork and defensive game, though still moves very much in straight lines. Maidana however is less technically gifted but his punching power is a proven weapon.

It is widely expected that the Bolton boy will look to out-box rather than out-slug El Chino in the opening stages, however with so much on the line for either fighter, mistakes may be made and where there’s an opportunity to catch one another cold, Khan’s speed and Maidana’s power could spell an early night. read more 

Paul Smith vs James DeGale

James DeGale

James DeGale gets the chance to prove he is the real deal this weekend when challenging Paul Smith for the British super-middleweight title on a bumper night organised by Frank Warren and screened live by Sky Sports.

The 2008 Olympic Games gold medallist made the switch to professional boxing in the winter of 2009 but despite an undefeated record, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for Chunky.
Burned from the whole Audley Harrison ordeal, fight fans didn’t take too kindly to DeGale’s early ranting about being the next big thing. After being booed both into and out of the ring in the early part of his career, he took the criticism on board and reacted like the champion he promises to be. Closing his mouth in the run up to fights as best he could, the 6ft southpaw from Harlesden opted instead to do his talking in the ring – and what talking it was. read more 
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Kell Brook v Philip Kotey

Kell Brook defends his WBO Intercontinental belt against the challenge of experienced African Philip Kotey.

The champion, undefeated in 22 outings, failed to set the night alight when beating Michael Jennings last time out. That clash had the potential to be one to tell the grandkids about but it turned out to be a scrappy affair that ended with a cut to Jennings just as things seemed to be warming up. We can forgive the Sheffield man that showing however after early KO wins over the likes of Michael Lomax and Kevin McIntyre proved his talents beyond doubt. read more

Mathew Macklin v Ruben Varon

Birmingham’s Mathew Macklin puts his European middleweight title on the line against Spain’s Ruben Varon.

Matthew Macklin

Despite two defeats on his record, the Englishman is unbeaten since 2006 and a run of impressive victories has seen him rise to 8th in the world and on course for some big fights in the new year. Of course he needs to get past Varon first but I don’t see that being a problem. Macklin will know what 2011 could hold for him if he puts on a confident showing here in front of the watching world and he should keep his composure to win and win well. A crack at a world title is nearing his grasp and an inside the distance win would nudge him closer to the finishing line. read more and get a tip on the fight from

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