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Booth tipped for world title shot

Jason Booth
Booth has lost just five times in 38 fights

Jason Booth could be in line for a world title fight after retaining his British super-bantamweight title in a bruising encounter on Tuesday.

The Nottingham fighter, 31, outpointed Rocky Dean at York Hall in Bethnal Green and promoter Frank Maloney is already planning ahead.

Maloney said: "Maybe the champions at super-bantamweight are a bit too big.

"But at bantamweight and certainly super-flyweight Jason would be a match for anybody."

Maloney added: "If I could get him a world title fight before he retires it would give me as much pleasure as I got when Lennox Lewis won the world heavyweight championship.

He is an old school fighter who isn't worried who he fights

Frank Maloney

"I will be at the WBC convention later this year lobbying on his behalf and I will see what possibilities there are with the other governing bodies.

"He is an old school fighter who isn't worried who he fights. Plenty of fighters moan about opponents, well they should look at Jason as an example."

Booth has also held major titles at flyweight, super-flyweight and bantamweight during a 13-year career.

Maloney hopes to keep him busy with a domestic title defence against Michael Hunter in the autumn and has not ruled out the possibility of a bout against close friend, Rendall Munroe, the European champion.



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