British and Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Jason Booth failed in his fourth attempt to win the European title on Friday night when he was stopped by Kiko Martinez in round 10 after a gallant effort in the Bullring in Leganes Spain.
Jason Booth stopped in round 10

A big left from from the strong Martinez dropped Booth who bravely got to his feet, but the referee called the fight off.

Booth gave has much has he had in the fight in the typical gutsy, fighting way he knows best, but the strong bull Martinez Martinez showed his intent from the start aggressively coming onto the Brit.

Booth boxed well at times, using the ring the best he could and giving Martinez angles tried his best to out-box the Spaniard.

If Booth was the matador and Martinez the bull, then both played there parts as much as possible. But the strong Spaniard was intent on making things difficult for the English man and was intent on roughing Booth up.

Booth’s piston jab was a constant tool of choice, but it was Martinez who was able to beat him to the punch with his own jab and lead right hand a combination that eventually took its toll on Booth.

In round five two solid right hands one on the chin and one on the top of the head in quick succession shook Booth badly and has his legs deceived him he was able to grab around Martinez’s waist and hold on. But as Martinez tried to wrestle Booth off him they both fell to the canvas.

Booth was the first up, but as the referee waved them back in, there was a minute and half of the round left for Booth to get through. Martinez came forward looking for the finishing shots, but Booth was able to stay elusive and see the round out.

Booth’s boxing skills have never been in question and at times shown some neat skills to pepper Martinez and show good movement to get out of the way of Martinez’s charge.

Martinez in the end proved just too strong and determined to win in his home country and his big right hooks, uppercuts and digging body shots had worn Booth down.

In the 9th a clash of heads opened a cut above Martinez’s right eye, which only seemed to spur La Sensación on and the end of the penultimate round Booth went back to his corner with a grimace on his face, the Nottingham man was now looking worse for wear after this hard fought contest looked to be slipping away from him.

The 10th round proved to be the last of the contest and the end of Booth’s bull taming mission in Spain. A big hurtful left hook from Martinez caught Booth flush and he dropped to his knees in pain. Booth took the eight count and bravely risen to continue the fight. But the referee had seen enough and compassionately and rightly so waved the fight over.

Booth would almost certainly have used his skills to get on the back foot again and see out the fight with his typical grit and determination, but it was good refereeing and Booth can fight another day.

There are still some good domestic match-ups around for Booth and although maybe now he is coming to the end of his fighting days, there is no doubt we will see Booth again in a ring doing what he knows best.

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