20th September 2012

The Champion – Lee Selby
Barry’s Lee Selby travels to defend his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles against home town favorite Martin Lindsay at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night (September 22) on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s headline clash with former super-bantamweight world champion Steve Molitor.

Selby who burst onto the title scene in September 2011 to take the belts off Stephen Smith, via an 8th round KO, away from home and in Smith’s Liverpool back yard.

He successfully defended them against the battle hardened John Simpson in december. Selby became the first man to stop the Greenock boxer in 32 fights, claiming a 5th win.

The champion who is trained by Tony Borg, has become a popular British boxing face and one of the improved boxers and suprise packages on the pro circuit and believes he can go on to win a world title, it is a sentiment that coach Borg echos.

“I am very confident of doing the job against Lindsay,” said the 25-year-old Selby. – “He is a solid fighter and this will prepare me for bigger fights in the future.”

Tony Borg feels his fighter can go right to the top, adding: “I honestly feel he can win a world title. I think within the next 12 months he will win the European and he is definitely good enough for a world title.”

Lindsay is looking to regain the British title he won against Paul Appleby in April 2009 going on to defend it against Jamie Arthur in March 2010. He went on to lose the belt to John Simpson in December 2010. After that defeat Linsday spent 15 months out of the ring, but a comeback saw him stop Mickey Coveney in 4 on the all-Irish Prizefighter undercard in Belfast in May and is banking on home advantage to play a big part when he faces Selby.

Challenger –  Martin Lindsay

“Belfast is always a brilliant venue for any boxing night because the public come out and support you and they do cheer you on,” said Lindsay.

“I have never boxed in the Odyssey before but I was in Eamonn O’Kane’s corner with my coach when he fought there on the undercard of Paul McCloskey and Breidis Prescott.

“The atmosphere was brilliant that night and I am sure it will be again with Carl Frampton, McCloskey, O’Kane and me all on the same bill. It should be a brilliant night.

“I have a big following who come out and support me, and all the Belfast public know, on paper, this should be a brilliant fight and they will be cheering me on and I will use that; I will use everything I can to win on the night.”

“I am extremely confident of winning those titles, I have watched all of his fights and I know he is a top fighter. He hasn’t got to where he is through luck, he has knocked out Stephen Smith and John Simpson who are two good fighters, so he holds the titles on merit and I need to make sure I am at my best on the night in order to take those belts.

“I know if I perform to my best I can come out with the belts.” added Lindsay.

The fight is being shown Live on SkySports 1 from 9pm on Saturday night, September 22. 

Main Event: Carl Frampton v Steve Molitor Preview.

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