|Veteran Jason Booth
Nottingham’s former IBF world title challenger Jason ‘2 Smooth’ Booth is back in the ring after his British title loss to Scott Quigg, to challenge Sheffield’s Kid
Galahad for the vacant WBC International Super Bantamweight title on Saturday night.
The fight takes place this weekend (18th
February) at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, and will be shown live on terrestrial TV channel 5. It will be Booth first fight since losing his British title to Quigg last October, when he was stopped in round seven by the unbeaten Mancunian.
It was clear in the loss to Quigg that Booth is not the fighter he used to be, but the Nottingham battler, just loves to box and always manages to come back, just when he is being written off. Booth will hope his experience and his will to prove the doubters wrong, and will be enough to see off his rookie opponent.
“I’m really looking forward to making my Channel 5 debut; I wish it had come 5 years earlier.” said Booth
The 12 round contests will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 5 from 9.55pm.
|Unbeaten Kid Gala
Booth, who has also held the British and Commonwealth belts and fought for the European title three times in his 44 fight career, was apprehensive at first when he got the call from his manager but after thinking it through he decided to accept the fight.
“I was training hard before I got the call from my manager and at first I wasn’t sure whether to take it or not as it was only 4 weeks’ notice, but I was offered a good purse and the opportunity to fight live on Channel 5, so I couldn’t turn it down and it was also a 12 round fight and I like 12 rounder’s.” explained Jason.
“I’ve watched a few of Kid Galahad’s fights, He’s is a good Brendan Ingle fighter who is an awkward switch hitter and he’s known for being an elusive boxer, his team are writing me off, they think he can step up and beat me but I’m quietly confident I can outwit him.
“You also have to question whether Galahad can go the full 12 rounds as he’s only ever completed six.” Booth added.
Booth, in contrast, has completed the championship course 13 times and as manager Jimmy Gill said: “Titles are won in the last six rounds.”
Tickets for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title between Kid Galahad and Jason Booth at the Magna Centre on Feb 18 are priced at £30.00, £50.00 and £75, and can be purchased from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 888 9991, Livenation on 0114 256 5567, HMV on 0843 221 0100 or from the Hennessy Sports Box office on 01925 755 222.
Featuring on the undercard at the Magna Centre will be Chris Eubank Jr who will be up against Jason Ball over 6 rounds, former British Light Welterweight champion Lenny Daws of Morden who will be fighting Chris Truman from Birmingham, local fighter Karl Bell, Leigh Wood from Nottingham and Jason Cunningham from Doncaster.