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Arthur challenges Lindsay at home

By Sean Davies

Jamie Arthur
Arthur has won all six of his bouts since his 2008 comeback

Jamie Arthur will enjoy home comforts when he challenges for Martin Lindsay's British featherweight title at the Newport Centre on Saturday, 5 February.

Promoter Frank Maloney won the purse bid to stage the fight between the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and unbeaten 27-year-old Lindsay.

"It's a great opportunity and I can't wait," said Welshman Arthur, who is unbeaten since his 2008 comeback.

"Lindsay's a great fighter with a big punch, it'll be a hell of a fight."

The Belfast fighter has won all 14 of his fights, six by knock-out, claiming the title by stopping Paul Appleby at the Ulster Hall in April.

John Simpson was lined up for Lindsay's first defence that has fallen through, leaving the way open for number one contender Arthur.

Martin Lindsay is unbeaten in 14 fights
Lindsay's a great fighter with a big punch, it'll be a hell of a fight

2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur

Cwmbran fighter Arthur retired in 2005 after successive stoppage defeats but he has six victories since returning in 2008.

He secured his number one contender spot with a thrilling points victory over previously unbeaten Akaash Bhatia at the York Hall in June, a bout that was nominated as the British fight of the year.

Arthur, now promoted by Maloney, first hit the headlines at the Commonwealths in Manchester in 2002.

Campaigning at lightweight, he became the first Welshman to win Commonwealth Games gold since Howard Winstone in 1958.

Arthur struggled to adapt his style to the professional game, but the 10-round victory over 26-year-old Londoner Bhatia is one of his most impressive.

'Kash the Bash', the first professional British Sikh boxer, had won all 14 of his previous bouts since turning professional in 2006.

see also
Arthur admits Commonwealth burden
25 Aug 09 |  Boxing
Lindsay pulls out of Appleby bout
22 Jan 09 |  Boxing
Lindsay earns featherweight title
25 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Hard-up Arthur bows out of boxing
09 Sep 05 |  Boxing
Disappointed Arthur vows revenge
27 Jul 05 |  Boxing
Arthur crashes to second defeat
24 Jul 05 |  Boxing
Revived Arthur turns to Calzaghe
13 Jun 05 |  Boxing
Arthur vows to beat cut problems
25 Jan 05 |  Boxing
Arthur makes promising start
23 Mar 03 |  Boxing
Arthur joins Calzaghe stable
04 Dec 02 |  Boxing
Jamie Arthur
31 Dec 02 |  Wales
Arthur wins Welsh gold
03 Aug 02 |  Boxing
Wales' boxing world champions
25 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Wales' pugilist princes
15 May 09 |  Boxing
Wales' boxing history in photos
24 May 09 |  Boxing
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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