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Jamie Arthur's British title date set

Jamie Arthur
Arthur initially retired from boxing in 2005 before his 2008 comeback

Commonwealth champion Jamie Arthur has earned himself a shot at the British super-bantamweight crown next month.

The 31-year-old Welsh boxer will fight experienced Englishman and British title-holder Jason Booth at Brentwood Leisure Centre in Essex on 5 February.

Arthur set-up the clash with a points win over previously unbeaten Kris Hughes in October while Booth lost a IBF world title shot to Steve Molitor.

"Booth is an experienced and talented boxer," admitted Arthur.

Arthur's fight will top the bill instead of fellow countryman Bradley Pryce as the former Commonwealth champion has been dealt a blow as his British light-middleweight title fight is off.

Reigning champion Englishman Sam Webb has withdrawn due to a back injury so the Arthur versus Booth showdown replaces it.

Arthur is the only Welsh boxer to be a Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Professional title and will hope to add a British crown to his name next year.

The Cwmbran bruiser has already fought for a British title in the featherweight division in March 2010 - and a gruelling defeat to Martin Lindsay left Arthur questioning his boxing future.

He dropped down to featherweight to beat Hughes on points in London for the vacant Commonwealth crown - and now he has earned a tilt at 33-year-old Booth.

The Nottingham boxer has won 35 of his 41 fights - 15 inside the distance - and held the British title three time so will be a durable opponent for Arthur.

"He is someone that I know I have the ability to beat," said Arthur.

"I am pleased that the date has now been confirmed and although it is earlier than we had previously anticipated, I have trained really hard over Christmas and I know that I'll be ready.

"I have always wanted to face Jason Booth and the British title has been a huge motivation for me. If I fight, I want to fight the best and I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time."

"The fight is just three weeks away so now is the time to get serious and to give it everything I have. We both know what is at stake and we have everything to lose.

"The winner has a big opportunity to go onto European and World title fights, so it doesn't get much bigger than this!

"Booth has been in with the best in the world and that is exactly where I want to be."



see also
Pryce suffers British title blow
16 Jan 11 |  Boxing
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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