04 August 2009 – Press Release
Martin Lindsay could be crowned champion of the World before the end of the year, after Banner Promotions Irish agent Tommy Egan was authorized to offer the Belfast fighter a shot at IBF Featherweight World Champion Cristbal Cruz.
Former Irish amateur champion and current British Featherweight champion, Lindsay (15-0) could upgrade his British strap for a world belt if he accepts the offer and takes on Cruz (50-37-11) in Mexico this coming November.
Egan had previously, on behalf of Banner Promotions, offered the winner of Lindsay and Paul Applebys British title decider a shot at Cruzs world crown, an offer which has this week been confirmed by Banner Promotions.
The dotted line has yet to be signed and negotiations are at an early stage, but Egan, who has recommended Lindsay to Banner President Art Pelullo and has been in contact with Lindsays manager John Rooney, confirmed the offer is concrete and that Banner Promotions are very eager to make the fight.
Egan commented: “I have been authorized by Art Pelullo President of Banner Promotions to offer Martin Lindsay a shot at IBF featherweight world champion Cristbal Cruz. The fight would take place in Mexico in November.
“The mouth-watering clash is subject to agreement but the offer is genuine and concrete. Banner Promotions are ready to get this fight on.
“Martin is terrific box fighter. He is very clever and poses a deadly left hook. He has a punchers chance of beating anybody. In fact, he could be the best finisher in the featherweight division. Martin is ranked number six in the world by the IBF and is the only European in the top 10. Now Banner Promotions have offered him the chance to become number one in the world.
“This has the makings of a fantastic fight and it excites me to say we could have another Irish World Champion by the end of the year,” he added.