Jason Booth overcame the challenge of a determined Jamie Arthur tonight, in a great fight for the British super bantamweight title at the Brentwood Leisure Centre in Essex.

Arthur started the fight in good form and was landing the telling shots enough to start building up an early lead, boxing at long range from behind a tight stance, with great use of his jab.

But the Wiley old pro Booth a former world title challenger, eventually began to get on top at the mid point and began to land the telling shots  as Arthur tired in the straight, and it was that what impressed the two  judges who saw Booth as the winner.

Scores were a Split decision, one judge gave it 115-113 to Booth. Second judge had it 115-114 for Arthur and the third judge scored it 117-112 to Booth to see the Nottingham man hang onto his Lonsdale belt whilst adding Arthurs commonwealth strap to his cabinet.

Both fighters deserve much respect for the effort put in. Arthur was cut early on above the eye and the blood streaming down into his eye didn’t help the Cwmbran man. Arthur thrown the more shots in the contest but it was Booths cute work and better counter punching that just about tipped it in his favor, but what a close fight and a rematch could well be on the horizon.

“I had to show heart tonight,” Booth said. “We put on a good show, didn’t we? I was getting outfoxed by him. He’s a very clever boxer.”

“It could have been a draw, we both agreed, it was that close,” Arthur agreed. “We had a good battle. We’ve put our hearts on the line tonight.” 

Promoter Frank Maloney did not reject the prospect of a rematch at some point down the line, and added.

“I’ll talk to them both. Jason’s got the European title next, but next time they meet there could be three titles on the line,” Warren said. “I think he deserves a rematch.”

On the undercard


Liverpool heavyweight prospect David Price made easy work of South African champion Osborne Machimana (18-6-1) in an eliminator for Dereck Chisora’s Commonwealth title.

Machimana ‘Big Daddy’ by name and by nature was not in the best of shape, but was a big lump for Price to shift and was by all accounts pretty dangerous with his power shots.

Price, the former Olympic Bronze medalist stayed on the perimeter of the South African, sticking his jab into Machimana face and using his reach and size to neutralise anything his opponent could do, but Machimana didn’t look prepared to do much and looked there for the taking whenever Price felt like it.

And then a right uppercut from Price dropped Machimana as he was backed against the ropes. But he had looked more to have injured his eye, than shook by the shot. The crowd sensed an early night and anti climax for this supposed step up in class for Price.

But to his credit Machimana rose to the count and was able to last the round out, infact ending it with a decent left hook. The South African certainly looked like he knew what he was doing and probably was once quite a good boxer, with a slippery cross body defence and heavyweight spoiler type style. But the freak of Price and his size was something that Machimana was not going to work out and didn’t seem to keen on trying.

Price was back behind the pole like jab and the text book one-twos continued to crash off his head and sink into his body until the end came in the third round, when an uppercut from Price rocked Machimina back on his heels. The referee picked up a count and let Machimina continue. He back to the roes and rice went in for the finish, getting it with a flurry of shots that ended the fight on a right to the body and right to the head, that sank Machimina.

Frank Maloney Price’s promoter says he now wants to move his heavyweight he calls ‘A masterpiece in the making’ up a notch to fight some of the country’s top ten heavyweights, claiming they will match Price with any other heavyweight, including former amateur rival Tyson Fury. Price echoed Maloney’s thoughts when he said “I’ll fight anyone”

Karl Place, the light-welterweight prospect nicknamed ‘The Manchester Mexican’ out-pointed London based Bulgarian Danny Dontchev over 6 rounds. Gym mate Terry Flanagan also picked up a points win over 6, out scoring Devon’s Lewis Browning. Flanagan had dropped Browning in the first and second rounds, but couldn’t finish his man. Both of these Manchester prospects will be in action again next month as there coach Steve Maylett looks to keep them busy, fighting as regularly as possible on their search for title fights this year.

At welterweight, Joe Hughes stopped Gavin Putney in the 1st round and in the Super middleweight division, Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng out-pointed Lee Noble over 6 rounds.

Boxing results from – Brentwood, Leisure Centre, Essex, rest of results and details to follow

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