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MICHAEL HUNTER is considering his future in professional boxing today after falling well short in his attempt to recapture the British super-bantamweight title.


The Hartlepool man was a shadow of the fighter who so impressively won the British, European and Commonwealth titles in his prime, and he retired on his stool after five one-sided rounds against Jason Booth last night.


Hunter landed a mere 24 punches to Booth’s 110 in the fight at the Seaburn Centre in Sunderland and looked weight-drained as his punches were off target and he struggled to get going.


The 31-year-old had brief success when he shoved his Nottingham opponent to the ropes and tried his hardest, but he was unable to pull the trigger as fellow veteran Booth dominated.


Booth took over from the second round behind smooth movement and accurate combinations and Hunter looked tired and lacking ideas at the end of the third.


Hunter was peppered repeatedly in the fourth round, and the two-time ABA champion told trainer Neil Fannan that he was exhausted as he shook and bowed his head in between rounds.


Fannan sent Hunter out for one last throw of the dice in the fifth but he was almost floored by a left hook to the body and pulled out at the end of the round with nothing left in his tank.


“I reckon he was dead at the weight, or he would have hung on there a bit longer,” said Booth, who thinks Hunter can come again if he moves up to lightweight. “Because he had starved his stomach he just couldn’t take a body shot.


“I was just warming into it and had loads of ideas left but I felt the pace myself because when I tried to finish it off I felt tired fighting so late at night.


“But fair play to Micky Hunter. I was a bit worried about him - ask my missus! That’s why I trained hard.”


Hunter lost for only the second time in his excellent 32-bout career, his other defeat coming by stoppage against Steve Molitor for the IBF world title in 2006.


Sunderland’s Olympic bronze medalist Tony Jeffries beat Belarus light- heavyweight Artem Solomko on points over six rounds on the same card.


Heavyweight David Price - also a bronze medalist in Beijing - picked up his second pro win when Germany’s game Liridon Memishi retired at the end of round two.

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