Steve Molitor retains IBF belt in decision

9/11/2010 - Boxing

SUNDERLAND, England -- Steve Molitor 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 2002, was favored by two judges 116-113 and 116-112, while the third called it even in Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland.

Booth (35-6, 15 KO) was the busier of the pair, but Molitor (33-1, 12 KO) upped his work rate at the end of the rounds and finished the bout stronger to earn the tight division.