Molitor keeps IBF super bantam title
Steve Molitor of Canada retained his IBF super bantamweight title with a majority decision against English challenger Jason Booth on Saturday.
Molitor, who beat Booth's brother Nicky in a 2002 Commonwealth title fight, was favored by two judges 116-113 and 116-112, while the third called it even in Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland.
While Booth (35-6, 15 KO) was the busier of the pair, Molitor (33-1, 12 KO) upped his work rate at the end of the rounds and finished the bout stronger.
Molitor was cut in an 11th-round head clash and a fraught 12th round saw both men clearly tired from their efforts.
''He came with a good game plan,'' Molitor told Sky Sports. ''He was more awkward than I thought. He didn't hit hard but he was fast and creative.''
Booth said he thought Molitor was getting stronger as the fight wore on.
''With his extra power he was just winning rounds (in the last minute),'' he said.