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Monday, 26 February, 2001, 23:20 GMT
Booth brothers retain crowns
Nicky and Jason Booth
The Booth brothers Nicky (left) and Jason
The Booth Brothers retained their titles on an emotional night in Nottingham, but with the younger member of the family, Nicky encountering much more difficulty.

Booth junior needed seven rounds to retain his British and Commonwealth Bantamweight titles against Adey Lewis, while Jason finished off Commonwealth flyweight title opponent Nokuthula Tshabangu of Zimbabwe in two.

Nicky had to withstand a tenacious comeback from Lewis, the smallest professional boxer in Britain and nicknamed 'the Mighty Atom'.

I switched off for a while, although Lewis did what I expected him to do
  Nicky Booth

The challenger showed incredible heart to withstand a first round battering and actually had the champion reeling in the fourth.

But the end came suddenly, with Lewis first hurting Booth with a body shot who then in turn landed his own left to the ribs which sent the challenger down.

Booth clipped Lewis on the head as he fell, but it was really the force of the first punch which ensured his night ended in triumph.

Lewis managed to pull himself up, but referee Ritchie Davies took a good look at the challenger before deciding the fight had to end after two minutes 35 seconds of the seventh.

Booth finished the job on queue just as brother Jason arrived at ringside to watch the remainder of the action.

Nicky said: "I switched off for a while, although Lewis did what I expected him to do.

"When I got hurt in the seventh, I thought I was going to let my fans down.

"My corner told me to hold, but I threw one back and then got on top, but it was close."

Jason took a round to size up Tshabangu before he too opened a way to his Commonwealth flyweight victory with a ripping blow to the body.

I want to do it the proper way and win the European title and then win a proper world title
  Jason Booth

The left hook put the Zimbabwean down, but Tshabangu got up to run into an upper cut and two left hooks which put him down for the full count.

He is now a leading contender for the European title, a chance which is likely to come in mid-to-late Spring.

"I want to do it the proper way and win the European title and then win a proper world title," he said.

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