|Lee Selby vs Martin Lindsay Big Fight Preview|
Lee Selby steps into the Lions Den against Lindsay
British and Commonwealth featherweight champion, Lee Selby takes on Belfast's Martin Lindsay at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night in defence of his titles.
25 year old Selby (13-1, 5 KOs) is making the third defence of the belts that he won a year ago against Stephen Smith while Lindsay is trying to regain the British belt he once held.
30 year old Lindsay (19-1, 7 KOs) has a good track record against Welsh fighters having met and beaten three in the past: Dai Davies, Henry Janes and Jaime Arthur. Though this looks like his toughest assignment to date. Lindsay has beaten some good operators including Derry Matthews and Paul Appleby though fell short when losing the British title on points to the experienced John Simpson. Simpson is a common foe for both men and was stopped in five rounds by Selby, at the end of 2011. Both men also hold early stoppage wins over Dai Davies.
Welshman Selby is a fighter who is growing with each bout and is on an impressive run of nine wins, since a close points loss to Samir Mouneimne, over four rounds back in 2009. That loss has no relevance to this fight and Selby is a much improved fighter. Infact, if Selby beats Lindsay then he will be looking to make the next step which is World honours. Last time out, Selby beat the teak tough Ghanaian Patrick Okine in five rounds, in May. Selby was boxing well but upped the gears to force the stoppage.
Lindsay won a tremendous war against Scotland's Paul Appleby back in 2009 to lift the BBBofC British featherweight title and then made one successful defence of the belt before losing it to John Simpson in 2010. Since then Martin has won two fights, both this year but is stepping up a few levels in this bout. Lindsay is up for this fight and believes he will win:
"I've had great preparation and I genuinely feel in the shape of my life," said Lindsay. "Lee is a good fighter and is bound to be full of confidence. He's had a great year since beating Smith and I am sure he thinks that I am going to be another win for him on Saturday, but this is going to be an all out war for him and he will have to do something very special to knock me down.
"Lee came from nowhere really and he's been very impressive to get to this point. But I never get put down and I have a pretty good KO ratio myself so if he thinks he's going to stop me he is in for a nasty surprise as I have the power to hurt him, no question about that.
"I wear my heart on my sleeve when I fight and I have a lot of fans coming to support me on Saturday and I have no intention of letting them down. They'll be behind me all the way and it's a massive night for us here as if I win, Carl Frampton wins and Paul McCloskey wins, then Sky Sports and Matchroom will be back here again in an even bigger night, and that's what the fans want to see and what we want to deliver for them."
Both men have good boxing skills and this could well be a distance fight. Both have shown that they like to get involved in a scrap while it’s Selby who appears to have the edge in power. I’m expecting a cagey fight early but one that will ignite around the half-way stage. It would be some feat if Selby could get the stoppage in front of Lindsay’s home crowd and I have the feeling that the Welshman can pull it off in the later rounds.
Official Weights: LEE SELBY (8st 13lb 6oz) v MARTIN LINDSAY (8st 13lb 6oz)
The fight will be shown on SkySports 1 from 9pm and the show is promoted by Matchroom. Headline fight is Carl Frampton vs Steve Molitor.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 21 September 2012 17:51 )|