Boxing - Booth tips Leigh Wood for big things

Former world title challenger Jason '2 Smooth' Booth reckons Leigh 'Leigh-thal' Wood (8-0) is tough enough to follow in his footsteps.

Boxing - Booth tips Leigh Wood for big things

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Wood boxes for the vacant British Masters belt in front of his home crowd next week at the Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, taking on Ian Bailey (8-13), a scrapper from Slough who last year upset London prospect Lewis Pettitt to claim the vacant Southern Area title.

Booth also boxes on the show and is convinced Wood will send Nottingham fight fans home happy.

"I sparred Leigh when he was a teenager and he was a tough, tough kid," said Booth. "He's got all the skills, but he can dig deep as well when he has to.

"I've used my ability to get through title fights, but there are times when you have to tough it out as well.

"I had my first title fight when I was 19 years old and I was so battered and bruised afterwards that it took me two weeks to recover.

"Leigh hasn't come through those sorts of fights yet, but from what I saw of him when we sparred, I'm sure he will. He can definitely be a champion. If they want me to fight him, they can forget it!"

Booth, a professional since June 1996, has had a successful career, battling alcoholism to go on to claim British and Commonwealth honours in three different weight classes. Despite losing his last four fights, the 35 year-old says he's still in love with boxing.

"I've been there, done it and got the T-shirt, so there's nothing left to prove. I'm just boxing because I enjoy it. I love the buzz. I wake up excited every morning.

"I've been saying I'm going to retire for three years, but I always end up boxing again. I still feel like I'm 18 years old!"

Booth (36-11) hasn't boxed in front of his home crowd since February 2010, and expects to have plenty of support at Clifton Leisure Centre.

"I haven't fought in Nottingham for a long time and I think a lot of people thought I had retired, so they were surprised when I asked them if they wanted tickets."

Former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin (8-7) also boxes on the show, along with Terry Maughan (6-4).

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