By Alexey Sukachev
At 31 years of age, long-time European top contender and former IBO super flyweight world champion Jason “2 Smooth” Booth (34-5, 14 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career so far with a premature stoppage of fellow veteran Michael Hunter (29-2-1, 13 KOs) after five brutal rounds of beating. Ex-flyweight Booth, who was risking his BBBofC British super bantamweight title in this fight, took a beating from a much bigger former IBF title challenger in the first round. He, however, rebounded well in the second, and from that stanza on it was all Booth’s. He had been gradually breaking Hunter’s will till the fifth stanza. Middle into round five, Booth delivered a monstrous blow to the liver, which had Hunter reeling across the ring. He was never down but took severe punishment; severe enough to convince himself to retire on his stool just right after the end of the round. That can be an end of a long road for 31-year old Hartlepool native and a revival for the equally aged Jason Booth.
Former British Olympian Tony Jeffries (4-0, 3 KOs) was extended to the full distance for the first time in his career and scored a dominate 60-54 decision over Belarus Artem Solomko (10-18, 3 KOs).
British heavyweight hope and former amateur standout David Price moved to 2-0, with 2 KOs with the stoppage win over unheralded Liridon Memishi (0-1-1). The contest was halted immediately after the second round.