Big night for Gwent ring king Arthur
CWMBRAN’S Jamie Arthur insists that his superior boxing ability and stamina will be the key to his success as he readies himself for the biggest fight of his career.
The former Commonwealth Games star has enjoyed a powerful comeback to the ring, a three-year hiatus not deterring him from winning nine of his 11 fights since he returned in 2008.
Arthur is incredibly fit and durable, but has stepped up his game since his return to the ring, producing some notable performances.
His pulsating 10-round success over Akaash Bhatia was considered the best all-British fight in 2009, before Arthur went 12 rounds with Martin Lindsay, a fighter being tipped for greatness in March 2010.
However, it was last time out that Arthur finally landed a title, upsetting Kris Hughes to become super bantamweight Commonwealth champion.
But for Arthur the endgame has always been a shot at that Lonsdale belt and tomorrow night Arthur puts his title on the line to face reformed bad boy Jason Booth, the current British champion.
Booth, by his own admission, could just as easily be in a coffin as a boxing ring after well documented drug addiction issues, but his class has never been in doubt.
Booth has been in 19 title fights, but Arthur promises that those who write him off as being all heart and limited in skill are barking up the wrong tree.
"Booth will fight the same fight, he has a certain style about him,” he said.
“And although he is very good and is very sharp, I fight a totally different way for every fight. He will expect me to come at him with big shots and try to break him down. But I will adapt to the fight on the day.
“My plan won't be to rush in with big shots. Normally I get into my opponent's face, but not this time.
“I have worked on things in training for a certain game plan. On Saturday I am going to out-box him and put pressure on him.”
Frank Maloney, who promotes Booth, has warned Arthur that his man is ready for action.
Maloney said: “There are so many fighters that find excuses when they get offered a hard job and don't want to know.
“They should take a leaf out of Jason's book. When I have a fight for him, it is when, who and then how much.”
The fight is being shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm tomorrow night.