JASON Booth will defend his British super-bantamweight title in the New Year.
He is being matched against Jamie Arthur, whose Commonwealth title is also up for grabs.
Arthur (22-18(4)-4) took the vacant title in October, when he pipped Kris Matthew Hughes on points.
As British champion, Booth could have defended at Harvey Hadden. But he has opted to fight in front of the television cameras at York Hall, the ancestral home of British boxing.
“It’s an ideal fight for Jason after local rival Rendall Munroe pulled out,” said his manager, Jimmy Gill.
“It is a good little pay day and keeps him ticking over for his European title shot.
“Frank Maloney is promoting it, so it doesn’t have to go out to purse bids, which means Jason will have eight weeks to prepare.
“It looks like it will be at the York Hall, which suits Jay down to the ground.
“I can only see one winner, because Jay would beat Arthur seven days a week.”
Booth gets back from a family holiday on January 5 and will be in the gym the next day.
“I don’t care where I fight,” said Booth. “We can fight in his back yard for all I care.”
Nottingham’s Adnan Amar is keeping his fingers crossed that his British title eliminator goes ahead in the New Year.
He is due to take on Kevin McIntyre (28(9)-7), in Glasgow, on January 24.
Amar, the English welterweight champion, has boxed only once in the past two years ansd he said: “It’s been frustrating to say the least.
“I was supposed to fight Michael Lomax twice and then Denton Vassell, but they were called off. It doesn’t bother me going to Scotland.
“I’m going to train hard and make sure I knock him out.”