Jason Booth vs Jamie Arthur - British , Commonwealth Super Bantam Titles
In the hardest fight of the year to judge so far Jason Booth rebounded from his world title defeat last year to win Jamie Arthur's Commonwealth Super Bantam title adding to Booths own British crown. This match was not covered as much as i expected on the fight forums for some reason but both guys must deserve huge credit as they took this fight at 3 weeks notice.
Frank Maloney can also be pleased as his 2 boxing shows in the early part of the year have thrown up very good main events (the other being McDonnell vs Jamoye). Boxing fans can also look forward to a rematch as Maloney told Sky Sports that he had no problem for a return but just after Jason Booth challenges for the vacant European Title.
When the fight started it looked like Booths world title shot had taken too much out of him as on my card and on most boxing sites cards Arthur took 3 of the first 4 rounds. The middle rounds were the hardest to score in the fight before Booths experience and work rate began to tell as he dominated the latter stages. Booths late pressure is obvious what swung it on the judges scorecards although i dont think the 117-112 score by Marcus McDonnell by fair to Jamie Arthur.
If Frank Maloney can update his website then i will be able to stick a link to the fight for those who missed it but as always my scorecard is below along with the boxing fans forums scores and Sky TV experts views.
Round 1.....Arthur 10-9
Round 2.....Arthur 10-9
Round 3.....Arthur 10-9
Round 4.....Booth 10-9
Round 5.....Arthur 10-9
Round 6.....Booth 10-9
Round 7.....Booth 10-9
Round 8.....Booth 10-9
Round 9.....Booth 10-9
Round 10...Booth 10-9
Round 11...Arthur 10-9
Round 12...Booth 10-9
TOTAL : 115-113 Jason Booth
Judges Scores : Ian John Lewis..........115-113 Booth
Richie Davies.............115-114 Arthur
Marcus McDonnell....117-112 Booth
JASON BOOTH WINS BY SPLIT DECISION
TV And Boxing Fans Scores
Sky TV - Jim Watt 116-113 Booth , Bob Mee and Richie Woodhall had Booth 3 up with 1 round left
Glen McCrory though Booth had won
Boxrec - 4-2 in favor of Booth , only card posted was 116-115 Arthur most had Booth by 1-2 points
Livefight - 2-0 in favor of Booth , only card posted was 115-114 Booth
Budweiser Forum - 1-0 Booth but fans said a very close fight
Boxingscene - 2-0 Booth , only card posted was 116-112 Booth