When Jason Booth steps between the ropes against IBF champion Steve Molitor on September 11th, he will be the most prepared he has ever been for a fight according to manager Jimmy Gill. Booth, 32, has just started his full training camp for the fight which will mark a turnaround of epic proportions in the roller coaster life story of the Nottingham fighter. The former British and Commonwealth super bantamweight champion spent two years away from the sport due to a crippling alcohol addiction but has rebuilt his life in and out of the ring which has culminated in a shot at the Canadian’s IBF belt.
Gill who has worked with Jason since his ring return has arranged the first sparring session which will increase in intensity as the fight date draws nearer. He explained:
“He’s in full swing now with his training, we spent a few weeks just ticking over because of the delay but he started full time last week.
“They key to the first sparring session is to bring in someone that is going to make him work and move. We’re not talking about someone world class but we don’t want to do the other bloke down at all, we’re just after a bustler who will keep coming forward to make you work.
“It’s about getting into the routine and then we can bring in the high class opponents.”
Booth has admitted that he has never studied a fighter during the build up to the fight but will take time to observe Molitor’s recent bouts which have included four straight wins since his devastating knockout defeat to Celestine Caballero back in November 2008. Gill has studied the tapes as well as trainer Tony Harris and has identified the areas that they feel they can exploit:
“I’ve looked at it about three or four times . In my head I know what I want from Jason and Tony (Harris) has spotted the same thing and that is what we are working on.
Molitor is no stranger to British boxing fans after knocking out Michael Hunter in 2004 in Hartlepool. He also boasts a win over the other half of the Booth family when he beat brother Nicky for the Commonwealth title in 2002.
But Gill has a message for all of the doubters that think the fight will be a walk over for ‘The Canadian Kid’ and it’s not just a case of turning up for the money:
“Jason will never go anywhere just to make up the numbers. If he doesn’t win he will go down fighting having given 150% but he hasn’t got those thoughts in his mind.
“He realises there are thousands of boxers worldwide but maybe only a handful get the chance to fight in world title fights. He’s thankful that Molitor gave him the shot and he’s not going to waste it and is not going to lose.
“In his words which are metaphoric, ‘I’d rather die in there than come away without the belt.’”
Both men are prolific in their training preparations and the foundations are set for one of the most intriguing title fights this year.