10 November 2009 – By Cormac Campbell
British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay is already back in training ahead of a New Year title defence, just days after outboxing Alfred Tetteh in Magherafelt.
Lindsay outclassed Ghanas Tetteh in a tune up bout on the undercard of Paul McCloskeys EBU title victory over Daniel Rasilla at the Co Derry venue. Despite having been out of the ring since April, Lindsay turned in an impressive performance. That said, he was less than satisfied with his own performance.
“I didnt really get out of second gear but Im just happy to get eight rounds under my belt,” he told irish-boxing.com.
Lindsay also picked up a slight thumbnail injury in the eight-round contest but doesnt see it as being anything serious.
“Its sore but it will be ok. Its just a staved thumb, a bit of ice and it will be ok in a couple of days.
“Everytime I was hitting him with a jab I was getting a bit of pain. The harder the fight you dont feel things like that because the adrenaline kicks in. But when you are getting things your own way you feel niggles like that.”
Lindsay stated that they are hopeful that the New Year defence against Welshman Jamie Arthur will take place in Belfast, with a venue and date yet to be confirmed.
“I was happy to get the eight rounds and shake off a bit of rust before the British title defence, which hopefully will be in Belfast,” he added.
“I remember him (Arthur) winning the Commonwealth Games as a strong come forward fighter. But he has been knocked out a couple of times. Hopefully I can exploit the weaknesses that are there. I will be picking more punches and getting more power in them than I did tonight. His confidence will be high after a couple of good wins, but so will mine. Im on cloud nine, so it will take someone good to beat me.”