Martin Lindsay is desperate to get at Lee Selby as they finally meet for the British featherweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on February 9.
The pair were due to meet on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s clash with Steve Molitor in September but Selby was forced to pull out on the morning of the fight after falling ill overnight.
Lindsay did box on the night against lightweight Renald Garrido, overcoming the disappointment to get eight rounds under his belt against the tough Frenchman. They were valuable rounds for the 30 year old who feels ready to rip the title from Selby to make up for the frustration of the autumn.
“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.
“I was on towards the end of the night last time because of the change of opponent but it was a great atmosphere, you could feel it. Everyone was excited about the fight and I with the publicity that this one has generated everybody is getting excited again about big fights coming over to Ireland, and hopefully everything goes well.”