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PREVIEW: WILL BOOTH BE TOO SMOOTH?

This Friday sees Lewis ‘Too Smooth’ Booth make his first professional title challenge as he takes on Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve at the Doncaster Dome.

Doncaster’s Booth will go in as the favourite as the pair contest the Central Area Welterweight Title on a Stefy Bull promotion.

Booth has been widely heralded by fellow fighters and currently sits at 10-0. The only concern for connections so far will be the fact Booth is yet to secure a knockout. In terms of style though, Booth is a promising, fluid-punching welterweight who looks well equipped for the task in hand.

Grieve represents a step up in opposition but his stop start career has been tainted by two stoppage losses at the hands of journeymen. Since those two defeats Grieve got back to winning ways against winless Scot, Gary Maguire, in August. The Blackburn man only has one stoppage to his name and that was way back in 2014, when he halted Zimbabwe’s oddly named Disney Huni, at the Colne Municipal Hall.

All the signs point to a Booth win. At 35, facing a younger man with a better record, and fighting in Booth’s home city of Doncaster, in front of his crowd, Grieve is taking on a tough task.

If the fragilities that saw Grieve suffer stoppage losses to Kristaps Zulgis and Arvydas Trizno (not exactly huge names) endure, then this could even be Booth’s first stoppage win. Grieve will have to take a few risks if he intends to mount a real challenge for the title, those risks will no doubt create the sort of openings that Booth, having only faced journeymen to date, is craving.

I’m predicting a Lewis Booth stoppage win but want to do so wishing both fighters the best of luck in what is an appealing cross-roads bout for the Central Area Title.

Elsewhere on the card former super bantamweight world title challenger, Gavin McDonnell takes on Nathan Kirk. This should be a routine win for the Yorkshireman.

Another Doncaster man, and a former Michael Conlan opponent, Jason Cunningham, also takes a prominent place on the card. He will face Leeds’ Zahid Hussain in a Yorkshire derby that’s sure to entertain. Expect to see Cunningham’s hand raised.

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