Jason Booth will fight Kiko Martinez for the vacant European title tonight in a Bull Ring at Leganes Spain.
Booth 33, from Nottingham the British and Commonwealth super bantamweight champion will be making his fourth attempt to win a European belt to add it to his impressive collection of tites.
But Booth will be up against it and will have to play the matador role to the best of his abilities to tame Martinez in his home country and finally claim the belt that has so far eluded him.
The fight had been hanging on a knife edge over the last few weeks and there was the fear that it would fall through after a lack of tnterest for television coverage!
Team Booth only got flight and hotel details earlier this week. It is fair to say that they were not too happy with the arrangements.
“They have held back all the info and at one stage it looked as though the fight might be off,” Booth’s trainer Tony Harris told This is Nottingham.
“They’ve messed us about over the flight, but if they are trying to rattle us it won’t work.”
Harris says Booth is fighting fit and raring to go.- “He’s looking sharp and feeling good,” said Harris. “We’ve seen what Rendall Munroe did to Martinez, so we are confident.
“But we will also be cautious. There is no way we are going to underestimate him, because he is a dangerous, big puncher.”
Previously, Booth was out-pointed by David Guerault in France and Alexander Makhmutov in Madrid for the EBU flyweight title.
He was heading for victory when he took on Mimoun Chent in Le Harve, but lost on a technical decision in the eighth when Chent was cut in a clash of heads.
Experienced Booth, 33, has 315 rounds under his belt and his 42-36(15)-6 record includes a remarkable 20 major title fights.
Martinez is having his seventh European title fight, but is still only 25.
He has won 24 of his 27 fights, 17 wins coming inside the distance. He has lost only three fights and two of those were against Booth’s local rival, Munroe.