Nottingham veteran Jason Booth has stepped in to face Martin
Ward on September 30 after the Newcastle bantamweight's original
opponent Mike Robinson was forced to withdraw.
The pair meet for the English bantamweight title in a fight that
neither man can afford to lose.
Booth, a former British and Commonwealth champion as well as
world title challenger, has not won in four outings so needs a W on
his slate if he has any hopes of resurrecting what has been a
Ward, on the other hand, has found fights hard to come by of
late and has already seen three English title tilts collapse
because of opponents pulling out.
"Mike Robinson changed his mind about fighting Martin, and
didn't want it anymore," promoter Phil Jeffries told North East
"With Ward left without an opponent we were in danger of his
chance falling through again and needed to get in a quality
replacement, and Booth fitted the bill perfectly.
"Jason headlined my 'Summer Rumble 2' show in July at the
Stadium of Light and many felt he was very unlucky to lose against
Willie Casey for the WBA European title.
"What he showed though is that he is still a brilliant boxer and
has lots left. In fact many have said to me that, not only is this
a better fight than the original, it's also a much harder challenge
for Martin. Both are lovely boxers and this will be a terrific
Hartlepool's Michael Hunter, himself a former world title
challenger and ex-Booth foe, will also appear on the card.