Jason Booth will step back in the ring in March, after his failed challenge for Steve Molitor’s IBF world title in September.
Booth from Nottingham, will be defending his British super-bantamweight crown against Jamie Arthur. The venue and date are not yet set, but the fight is expected to be in London.
33-year-old Booth, will also be getting the chance to reclaim the Commonwealth crown he never lost in the ring, when he squares off against the rough and ready Welshman Arthur.
Booth, was originally due to face British Boxer of the Year and former WBC world title challenger Rendall Munroe.
But the boxing bin-man and his team considered the domestic crown a step backwards and subsequently pulled out of the purse-bids that had been ordered by the British Board of Boxing control.
“It’s an ideal fight for Jason after local rival Rendall Munroe pulled out,” said Booth’s manager Jimmy Gill in thisisnottingham.co.uk. “It is a good little pay day and keeps him ticking over for his European title shot.
“Frank Maloney is promoting it, so it doesn’t have to go out to purse bids, which means Jason will have eight weeks to prepare.” Gil continued.
“It looks like it will be at the York Hall, which suits Jay down to the ground. I can only see one winner, because Jay would beat Arthur seven days a week.”
Booth, is highly rated in the European rankings and a win against Arthur would almost guarantee he gets another shot at the European crown, which is currently held by Prizefighter: the Super-bantamweights champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey.
Arthur himself though is confident that he will have Booth’s number and is sure he will claim Booth’s belt to add to his own, in this his second shot at a British title.
“Booth is an experienced and talented boxer, but someone that I know I have the ability to beat,” said Arthur.
Arthur was beat in a clash with Martin Lindsay beat for the British featherweight crown in March, but in October Arthur won the Commonwealth super-bantamweight belt.
The 31-year-old Cwmbran man then went on to win a 12-round points decision against Kris Hughes.
“I have a number of advantages over Booth that I’ll be looking to exploit and I’m confident that he is a competitor that I can secure a clear win over,” said Arthur.
The winner of the fight, will then have to defend against the number one contender Manchester’s Scott Quigg, who recently picked up his 21st victory, and is rated as a future British boxing world prospect and has yet to taste defeat since turning pro. in 2007.