News April 2019

Farrag gets former British champion Booth on Mar 8


by @livefight

Rising Liverpool bantamweight prospect Ryan Farrag faces the biggest test of his career when he takes on former British Champion Jason Booth at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th March.

Farrag has targeted a title challenge by the end of the year and needs to beat the battle-hardened Booth to prove that he is ready to step up to championship level. Heíll meet the Nottingham fighter over six-rounds on the undercard of Paul Butlerís WBO/WBA Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title defence, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

The 25-year-oldís slick boxing skills have taken him to 10 wins from 11 fights with his sole loss coming against current British Champion Lee Haskins on points in the Prizefighter tournament.

Booth is still one of the top operators in the 118lb domestic division after almost 20 years as a pro. In 49 fights heís captured British and Commonwealth titles from flyweight to super-bantamweight plus an IBO title. In that time heís faced some of the best including Steve Molitor, Kiko Martinez and Scott Quigg. More recently heís tackled Kid Galahad, Martin Ward and in his last fight he took Haskins the distance in a British title challenge.

ďBooth has been in the game a long time, heís experienced and itís a real step up for me, itís a battle of youth and aggression against age and experience,Ē Said Farrag.

ďIíve not had the chance to show what level Iím at before, but this fight will bring the best out in me. Booth is a quality operator, heís seen it and done it at a high level. For me this is an ideal fight that will get me great exposure with a win and should put me in line for a title,Ē

ďItís a tall order to stop someone like Booth, Iíve just got to work my skills, outbox and outclass him. Iím younger, fitter and fresher than he is, letís see if he can match the work-rate Iíll set,Ē

ďIíve got my targets set on winning a title by the end of the year and Booth is the first hurdle I have to get past.Ē

The Aintree Racecourse show is headlined by Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler defending his WBO/WBA Super-Flyweight title against Diego Liriana, and Liverpoolís Commonwealth Flyweight Champion Kevin Satchell defending his title against Issac Quaye. A talent-packed undercard features Ronnie Heffron v John Thain, Terry Flanagan, Thomas Stalker, Ryan Farrag, Jazza Dickens, Matty Fagan and Stephen Lewis.

Tickets, from £40, are available from Eventim on 0844 842 5005 or

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