Martin Lindsay knows he has to deliver on early promise

Martin Lindsay
Martin Lindsay

Martin Lindsay will headline the ‘Road To Glory’ show at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on Saturday night knowing that he is running out of time to claim the honours his talents should have delivered.

Lindsay was a stand-out amateur and got his professional career off to a flying start as he won 17 on the bounce.

In those 17 contests he won the IBF Youth Featherweight title as well as getting his hands on the British title.

Disaster then struck on December 15, 2010 when he lost his British title to John Simpson at the King’s Hall on points.

Lindsay – as he admits himself – fought the wrong fight that night and paid the penalty.

After that set-back he got three wins under his belt before failing to see off British and Commonwealth champion Lee Selby at the Odyssey Arena in February 2013.

The west Belfast man has not fought since, but has now been handed a lifeline as he will challenge Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington in Leeds on May 21.

At this stage of his career – he will be 32 tomorrow night – Lindsay knows he has to grab this opportunity with both hands.

“I face Krzsztof Rogowski at the Devenish. I need a few rounds under my belt and thankfully I will get it in Belfast. It should be a good test and fight.

“I was supposed to have a fight in the York Hall a while back but it fell through – so I am delighted to be fighting at the Devenish.

“The Warrington fight is just what I needed and I know I have to take this opportunity.

“It is great to be back fighting for the Commonwealth title and the British title may even be on the line as champion Lee Selby has a World title eliminator the week before I face Warrington.

“This is the chance I needed and I am prepared to take it,” he added.

Also on the bill James Tennyson takes on England’s Ian Bailey in a good test for the Belfast fighter.

Luke Wilton, Dee Walsh Alfredo Meli, James Fryers, Paul Hyland and Derek Potter will also feature.

Tickets will be for sale from boxers on the bill and at the Devenish Complex on the night.

Meanwhile, Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan will face Michael Sprott in the first round of the Super 8 event in New Zealand.

Both fighters have won the Prizefighter competition in England and they will both be up for the challenge.

In the rest of the draw Hasim Rahman takes on Antz Nansen, Alonso Butler tackles Brice Ritani Coe and Kali Meehan fights Hunter Sam.

Elsewhere, Ricky Burns faces a make-or-break test in his comeback fight following his world-title defeat, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The 31-year-old faces unbeaten Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin on June 27 at Braehead Arena in a WBC eliminator, in his first fight since losing his WBO lightweight title to Terence Crawford.

Hearn said: “We had a meeting a couple of weeks after the Crawford fight and I told him the thing to do now was to get a fight to position himself for a world title fight.

“In short I said I wanted him to go out and win and look fantastic because that’s something he hasn’t been doing lately. The last thing he needed was to go into another deep fight like Crawford because, although he doesn’t appear to have low confidence he should do because of the performances.”