Via The Boxing Examiner:
TORONTO, ON (Wednesday, June 9, 2010) – Two-time world champion “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (32-1, 12 KO’s) loves the United Kingdom. In November of 2006 he captured the IBF Junior Featherweight with a 5th round KO over Michael Hunter, in Hartlepool, and is 3-0 in Great Britain as a professional.
On July 23rd, Molitor returns to the UK to begin his second reign as IBF 122 lb. champion, when he defends his newly recaptured title against British and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight champion Jason Booth (35-5, 15 KO’s).
Molitor’s first trip to England, in September of 2002, saw him dominate Booth’s younger brother Nicky over 12 rounds to capture the Commonwealth Bantamweight title.
Fifteen months later Molitor returned to the UK and continued his British breakfast by trouncing Londoner John Mackay over 8 one-sided rounds.
Orion Sports Management and FTM Sports have teamed up to promote the event, and will announce a host city and venue in the near future.
“Fighting in the UK brings out the best in me. The atmosphere is always electric, and the fans are so passionate,” Molitor said.
“That just makes me even more motivated than ever. I know Booth will leave it all in the ring on July 23rd. He wants my belt, and some revenge for his brother. But I’m not leaving anything to chance. That title is coming back to
Not only does Molitor love the UK, but the UK obviously loves him, with the British Board of Boxing Control naming him their 2006 Foreign Fighter of the Year.
And on July 23rd, UK fight fans can further enjoy Molitor’s skills live on Sky-Tv, while Molitor’s Canadian fans can see the fight on TSN.
Allan Tremblay and FTM’s Frank Maloney have enjoyed a long friendship, and are delighted to finally have the opportunity to work together.
“We are looking forward to a great event on July 23. Frank and I are old mates from back in the day, and it is a distinct pleasure to join forces with him on this promotion,” Tremblay said.
“Steve Molitor simply loves fighting in England and will put on a great show for the fans.”
Legendary UK boxing promoter Frank Maloney is equally effusive about all aspects of the match-up.
“Jason’s life has been a roller coaster and if he pulls this off it will complete a remarkable story,” said Maloney.
“Steve has been on top form on previous British trips against Jason’s brother, Nicky and Michael Hunter. This time I am hoping his luck will run out.”
“It is great to work with Allan again. He and his staff are complete professionals, and a pleasure to deal with.”