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Jason Booth beats Jamie Arthur to retain British title

Jamie Arthur (left) and Jason Booth
Booth (right) summoned all his experience and energy to see off Arthur

Jason Booth added the Commonwealth crown to his British super-bantamweight title with a gutsy split-decision win over Jamie Arthur in Brentwood, Essex.

Welshman Arthur, 31, keeping his range and working off his jab, had negated Booth's counter-punching early on.

But Booth, 33, fought with increasing belief, landing the more solid blows, as the bout descended into a scrap.

And with two judges scoring 115-113 and 117-112 in his favour, Booth narrowly triumphed in the unification clash.

Booth, who had lost an IBF world-title shot to Steve Molitor in September, had arrived late to the venue after taking a wrong turn off the M25 motorway.

And the Nottingham fighter looked ill-prepared and sluggish as the patient Arthur, with a five-inch height advantage, picked his punches and moved around the ring with authority.

After three rounds Booth had been roundly out-boxed, but the complexion of the fight altered in the fifth as both men sustained accidental cuts to the eye through clashes of heads.

The increasingly nip-and-tuck affair was suiting Booth better and Arthur picked up a second eye gash - this time on his left side - as the head clashes continued and tactics were seemingly abandoned.

The contest, though, was no less enthralling for its ugliness as both men gave everything to deliver a gripping finale.

Arthur withstood a vicious right-hand in the 10th to battle on gallantly to the end but he could only persuade one judge, who scored him 115-114, that he had done enough as Booth, deservedly, took the honours.

see also
Arthur wants British title shot
22 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Lindsay defeats Arthur in defence
19 Mar 10 |  Boxing
Arthur wins British title warm-up
11 Dec 09 |  Boxing
Arthur admits Commonwealth burden
25 Aug 09 |  Boxing
Hard-up Arthur bows out of boxing
09 Sep 05 |  Boxing
Arthur wins Welsh gold
03 Aug 02 |  Boxing

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