Martin Lindsay is looking forward to finally clashing with Lee Selby in Belfast

Last Updated: 17/01/13 9:02pm

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Martin Lindsay: Seeking to regain the British title (Pic -leighdawneyphotography.com)

Martin Lindsay: Seeking to regain the British title (Pic -leighdawneyphotography.com)

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Martin Lindsay is looking forward to finally stepping in the ring with Lee Selby in Belfast on February 9.

The fight, which provides chief support to Carl Frampton vs Kiko Martinez, sees Lindsay seek to regain the British featherweight title he used to hold.

His surprising points loss to John Simpson more than a year ago has been followed by a period of frustration, culminating in Selby's late withdrawal from their proposed clash in September.

"I wanted to fight for the British title again and it didn't bother me if it was going to be Selby or not."
Martin Lindsay

Lindsay took an eight-rounder against the much bigger Renald Garrido to remain active, but is hoping to put a disappointing 12 months behind him.

"I was extremely disappointed that the last one had to be cancelled but he was sick and there is nothing you can do about that," said Lindsay.

"I got offered an alternative fight that night and I took it because I had sold a lot of tickets.

"This fight has been in the pipeline since last summer when the first one was announced so it is good for it to finally be happening now.

"I wanted to fight for the British title again and it didn't bother me if it was going to be Selby or not. The board made me mandatory so whether he gave it up or whether he was going to face me, I knew I was getting a shot at the British title and that was the main thing.

"It was good to get that eight rounder in. I had never boxed at the Odyssey before and it is always great to fight in front of your home fans.

"I am looking forward to fighting there again and the bill is shaping up really well now so I am looking forward to fighting there again."

Lindsay feels Selby could be underestimating him, but is training for the best Lee Selby to show up on the night.

"He probably could be underestimating me," he added. "He knocked out John Simpson, who has a victory over me, so he is probably going back on previous.

"But that doesn't really count for anything; I have beaten Derry Mathews and Paul Appleby who had both beaten Simpson. Maybe if he is going on records he may underestimate me a little.

"Selby is right up there with all the opponents I have fought. He is a top fighter, I have watched him and I have seen his strengths and also some of his weaknesses.

"He isn't British and Commonwealth champion for nothing, he has defeated some good fighters; Stephen Smith, Simpson, so I need to bring my A game on the night and I am training hard for it."

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