Hometown hero Lindsay out to snatch Selby's titles

South Wales Argus: Martin Lindsay on his way to victory over Jamie Arthur in 2010 Martin Lindsay on his way to victory over Jamie Arthur in 2010

BELFAST bruiser Martin Lindsay is promising to leave Lee Selby heartbroken when the Welshman steps into the ring in his home city tomorrow night.

Barry boy Selby, who trains with Tony Borg at Newport’s St Joseph’s gym, goes into the lion’s den to defend his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles on what is being billed as a huge night for boxing in Northern Ireland.

Lindsay’s clash with Selby is part of a bumper Belfast bill topped by Carl Frampton’s Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title defence against two-time world champion Steve Molitor.

And Paul McCloskey is also aiming to get back into the title mix against American lightweight contender Manuel Perez.

Selby, older brother of London 2012 Olympics contender Andrew, travels over to Lindsay’s back yard as a big favourite with the bookmakers to retain his belts in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras.

It is almost a year to the day since he ripped them from Liverpool’s Stephen Smith in style on Merseyside.

The Belfast man acknowledges that the Welshman is on top of his game but he is confident he will be walking out of the Odyssey Arena with the titles.

“I’ve had great preparation and I genuinely feel in the shape of my life,” said the 30-year-old, who won a unanimous decision against Cwmbran’s Jamie Arthur in March 2010.

“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 tomorrow and I have no intention of letting them down,” he added.

“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. That’s what the fans want to see and what we want to deliver.”

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