Jason ’2 Smooth’ Booth hopes victory in Nottingham next month will secure another title shot.
Already a winner of major titles at three different weights, Booth is targeting the Commonwealth bantamweight title - and could get his chance to regain the belt if he wins on a dinner show at The Belfry on Thursday, May 9.
Booth was lined up to challenge Stuart Hall earlier this year - but the Commonwealth Council refused to sanction the fight because ’2 Smooth’ had lost his previous four fights.
The fight could still happen - if Booth beats Ross Burkinshaw in the top-of-the-bill fight on Nottingham and Sherwood Sporting Club’s inaugural promotion.
Burkinshaw is a former English super-flyweight champion and also challenged for the Lonsdale belt at 8st 3lbs.
He’s been out of the ring for more than a year - and the 26 year-old from Sheffield will see beating Booth as a route back to title contention.
At 35, Booth accepts he is nearing the end of a fabulous career.
Booth has won the Lonsdale belt outright, IBO ’world’ honours and challenged Steve Molitor for the IBF super-bantamweight title.
Booth said: "If I can win another title before I retire, that would be the icing on the cake. It would be nice to retire as an undefeated champion.
"I want to get to 50 fights and then we will see what happens.
"I know I can still compete at a good level, but my body is getting worn out.
"It’s not the fighting, it’s the training that I struggle with. I can’t do the runs I used to do and injuries you pick up in training are harder to shake off as you get older.
"I’ve put my body through hell, but I’m a different man now. I’ve been at rock bottom and I owe a great deal of thanks to Jimmy Gill and Tony Harris for helping me turn things around."
Jason McClory, the busiest agent in British boxing who also works with the Klitschkos and Golden Boy Promotions, has set up the Nottingham and Sherwood Sporting Club and is planning four shows every year.
The dinner show also includes local prospect Leigh Wood in his first test against Scott Moises and a third match featuring Terry Maughan
April 9, 2013