Rocky part two at York Hall

CROWD-PLEASING super-bantamweight Rocky Dean has another shot at the British crown when he faces Nottingham titleholder Jason Too Smooth Booth in the feature fight on the Frank Maloney promotion at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday, June 26. His lates

CROWD-PLEASING super-bantamweight Rocky Dean has another shot at the British crown when he faces Nottingham titleholder Jason 'Too Smooth' Booth in the feature fight on the Frank Maloney promotion at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday, June 26.

His latest chance comes eight months after the Peacock Gym-trained Dean, now aged 30 and in the 10th year of his pro campaign, challenged his local rival Matthew Marsh for the same title at the same venue.

Dean lost the verdict after 12 tough rounds last November - but it was certainly a close call, with one of the ringside judges, Ian John Lewis, scoring the pair dead level at 114 points each.

Following that title triumph, former West Ham BC amateur star Marsh, based at the rival TKO Gym, just a short distance across Canning Town from the Peacock, was due to make his defence against northern star Mark Moran in April at Leigh, Lancashire.


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However, champion Marsh suddenly decided to retire from the ring and pulled out of the contest.

Veteran Booth stepped in as a late replacement against Moran, for the vacant title and caused an upset by stopping his rival with a cut eye in six rounds.

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So the 31-year-old Nottingham fighter, who launched his own pro career back in 1996, returns to York Hall to make the first defence of his title.

Busy promoter Maloney, makes his return to the Bethnal Green fight spot with another Sky Sports televised show, featuring a second British championship clash on the night.

Bristol champion Lee Haskins puts his British superflyweight title on the line when he faces Sheffield challenger Ross Burkinshaw in another 12-round tussle.

The supporting contests on the Frank Maloney show will feature several area fighters in action at York Hall.

REGULAR York Hall promoter Miranda Carter is back with another Sunday afternoon show, featuring local fighters, on June 21.

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