Booth is favourite to lift Commonwealth crown
JASON Booth is odds on with the bookies to add the Commonwealth belt to his British super-bantamweight title in Brentwood tonight.
Booth tackles Jamie Arthur in front of the Sky cameras after both took the fight at just three week's notice.
And, although he is favourite, he is taking nothing for granted.
"I know he is taller than me and bigger than me," said Booth.
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"But I showed world-class boxing skills against Steve Molitor and I'll use them again.
"He's a very fit lad and I think it will be a hard fight, but I am well up for it now."
Arthur, who is prone to cuts, says he has a lot of respect for Booth, but believes he has a game-plan to defeat him.
"He is one of the guys I used to watch after I retired in 2005," he said. "He comes forward and is a slippery fighter.
"He will not want to give the title up and I know exactly what he's going to do.
"But I'm tall at 5ft 9in and have a long jab. Mentally and physically I'm strong enough, so it's going to be a great fight.
"Three weeks' preparation is not ideal but I'm a hard little kid and I only had 12 days notice when I fought for the Commonwealth title."
Manager Jimmy Gill thought Booth would only have another 18 months in the game, but has been forced to change his mind.
"The last thing I want is for Jason to become a punch-bag for some up and coming youngster," said Gill. "But he has been working his socks off in the gym and shows no signs of slowing down. He has made an incredible comeback and I'm so happy for him because he's a smashing kid.
"Sky love him and he now has the chance to get a few quid in the bank at the tail-end of his career.
"It has worked out well, because Jamie Arthur was the fight we wanted all along.
"We didn't really want Jason to fight Rendall Munroe, because they are best friends.
"But Jason would have gone through with it if he had to, because there was no way he was going to relinquish the British title without a fight."
Michael Monaghan is making a comeback at the age of 34. He has been training with Carl Greaves in Newark.