Dean looking to end his long Rocky spell

ROCKY DEAN looks back to a show at Dagenham s Goresbrook Centre in March 2005, when he last won a title fight, writes LEN WHALEY. Now, after losing five attempts since that night, he bids to end his run when he clashes with Nottingham s Jason Booth for th

ROCKY DEAN looks back to a show at Dagenham's Goresbrook Centre in March 2005, when he last won a title fight, writes LEN WHALEY.

Now, after losing five attempts since that night, he bids to end his run when he clashes with Nottingham's Jason Booth for the British super-bantamweight title at York Hall next Tuesday.

The Newham fighter's Goresbrook success four years ago came with a points win over rival Mickey Coveney, when they clashed for the southern area featherweight championship.

Since that night, the Peacock Gym-based crowd-pleaser has made five unsuccessful bids - the last three title battles have all been close-calls against the same fighter - another east end-based rival, Matthew Marsh of the TKO Ultrachem Gym.


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Now Dean tries again with his latest chance against 'Too Smooth' Booth, who won the British super-bantamweight crown that Marsh suddenly vacated earlier this year - with the challenger going all-out for the victory that will bring him the biggest boost of a 10-year fight career.

If the Peacock Gym fighter comes through a winner on Tuesday, do not rule out another derby duel with ex-West Ham amateur title-winner Marsh, who is now back in training at the Ultrachem TKO Gym after his brief 'retirement'.

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Busy promoter Maloney switches to Tuesday night for his return to the Bethnal Green arena for a promising bill, which will be screened on Sky Sports, and features the London pro-debut of his Irish Olympic star, Darren Sutherland, who has been looking a bright super-middleweight prospect.

Peacock Gym-based heavyweight puncher Tom Dallas, winner of five straight contests since shedding his amateur vest and fighting under the Maloney banner, aims to record win number six on the bill.

An attractive featherweight clash gives unbeaten Akaash Bhatia, with 14 straight wins, his toughest test against Welsh rival Jamie Brook - a 10-round clash billed as a British title eliminator.

Other supporting contests feature lightweight Alex Dilmagahmi, welterweight Martin Welsh, light-middleweight Tomas Grublys, while flyweight Ashley Sexton is billed to meet Mike Robinson.

Former British bantamweight champ Martin Power is in action with lightweight Liam Shinkwin on the bill.

For show tickets phone 0871 226 1508.

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