Martin Lindsay
Martin Lindsay defends his British featherweight championship against former Commonwealth champion Greenock’s John Simpson at the historic King’s Hall in Belfast, on a rare mid-week fight card on Sky Sports. 
Local favorite, and rising featherweight contender Lindsay,will be fulfilling a lifetime ambition when he tops the bill at King’s Hall in his home town.

Fight weigh in and interviews with Lindsay and Simpson

In the 1980s Barry McGuigan made it one of the most famous venues in the world and although Martin was a young boy back then he knows what the King’s Hall means to Irish boxing.”  – Frank Maloney

Lindsay (17-0) has fought there once professionally, but will be headlining the card when he risks his British featherweight title against Greenock’s John Simpson (21-7) tonight (Wednesday December 15th)

Simpson says he will be using fellow Scot and  world champion Ricky Burns has inspiration to claim his own title scalp.

I know Martin’s a big puncher but I’ve been in with big punchers before like Stephen Foster who’s now the Commonwealth super-featherweight champion and I’ve handled them so I’m not worried about that.

“I can beat Martin and then go on and fight for the European title and who knows maybe even the world title. My friend Ricky Burns , the WBO super-featherweight champion, has been an inspiration to all Scottish fighters.

“We’ve looked at Ricky and we’re saying, well if Ricky can win a world title then why not us.” said Simpson.

But Lindsay will not want to slip up in this fight, after being told by promoter Frank Maloney that victory will lead to a three-fight plan leading to a shot at the a World featherweight title and the 28-year-old is adamant that it has come at just the right time.

It’s great that there is a plan in place for me because I’m now at my peak years and fighting at the King’s Hall is the pinnacle for any Irish fighter,” Martin Lindsay

Shinny Bayaar and Paul Edwards also weighed-in ahead of their British Flyweight title match up. Undefeated Edwards (7-0) concedes experience to the 21 fight Mongolian but believes he can bridge the gap with his superior will to win.

Edwards sees an ageing champion ahead of him at the King’s Hall and believes the time is right for fresh blood in the 8st ranks.

“The British title is an unbelievable belt and I’m starting to smile just thinking about it and thinking about bringing it home for my family,” said Edwards.

“It would be the greatest feeling and a great way to repay their support if I could have the Lonsdale Belt on the table while we’re eating our Christmas dinner.

“Bayaar will have killed himself to make the weight. He is good and solid but he won’t be able to handle it when I step it up and put it on him.

“I’m feeling great and am ready to do the 12 rounds. The last few days I have just been waiting around because I’m ready to go and get in there.”

Also on the bill. Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries against Belfast’s Tommy Tolan and Belfast flyweight prospects Jamie Conlan and Luke Wilton.
Tickets for the show which will be televised I’ve by SkySports are available priced £25, £35 and £55 from and 0871 226 1508

Frank Maloney announces Martin Lindsay’s British featherweight title defence against John Simpson and outlines the future for the “Mac Man”, also the Irish fighters boxing at the King’s Hall (15/12/2010) introduce themselves.
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