Booth's brotherly boost

Image: Booth: will he be 2Smooth for Molitor?

Jason Booth says he will not make the same mistakes as brother Nicky when he faces world champion Steve Molitor in September.

Latest 7.boxing Stories

2Smooth gunning for family revenge over Molitor

Jason Booth will be out to avenge his brother's defeat when he challenges Steve Molitor for his world title. The 32-year-old says he will not make the same mistakes that saw sibling Nicky put on the floor on his way to being out-pointed by the IBF super-bantamweight champion. That fight, in 2002 for the Commonwealth belt, was the first of Molitor's three successful trips to these shores; he went on to beat John Mackay on points in 2004 and outclass Michael Hunter to become world champion in 2006. But Booth, who like his brother has battled his own demons outside of the ring, is looking to bring the Canadian's run crashing to a halt when they meet in Sunderland on September 11 - live on Sky Sports HD. "Nicky was on the floor early in his fight against Molitor and never got back into the fight. "Molitor has improved since then, but I have waited such a long time for this chance that I am going to succeed and not let this opportunity slip."


Booth's turnaround since winning his battle with alchoholism has been one of British boxing's recent success stories. He took two years out of the sport but lost his British bantamweight title challenge to Ian Napa in July 2007, but has since embarked on an eight-fight winning streak and is the British and Commonwealth champion at super-bantamweight. He is behind sparring partner and Maloney Promotions stablemate Rendall Munroe in the world rankings at 122lbs, but has beaten his mate to a world-title shot - even though the Molitor fight was put back from July after the Canadian suffered a stress fracture of his leg. "It was a bit of a disappointment, but on the flip side gives me even longer to prepare from my big chance," said Booth at the time.

Around Sky