Manchester's Anthony Crolla will hope to unify the lightweight division in September when he fights WBC and Ring Magazine world champion Jorge Linares.
The fight, which was announced today, will take place at the Manchester Arena on the 24th of September.
Crolla, from Moston, will have to defend his WBA world lightweight belt for the second time, after he overcame Darleys Perez earlier this year.
“I’m so excited to have the chance to unify the Lightweight division. Jorge is a fantastic fighter and it’s another mountain to climb, but these are the tests that I thrive on and I’ve beaten two great fighters in Perez and Barroso and I’m confident that I can beat Jorge too.
I’m having to pinch myself after everything that’s happened. I’m fighting the number one fighter in the division for the WBC, WBA and Ring titles; it doesn’t get any better than this. I’m very proud and privileged to be able to bring this fight to Manchester.''
Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday June 27 and on general sale at midday on Tuesday June 28.
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Liverpool boxer Liam Smith has been promised a fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez if he successfully defends his world title title on home territory tonight.
The 27-year-old faces Predrag Radosevic in the second defence of his WBO super-welterweight title at the city's Echo Arena.
If he wins he could be given a shot at the Mexican, Canelo Alvarez - who stopped Amir Khan in six rounds in Las Vegas last month.
I would love any of the names I have been linked with, but first is Saturday and im fully focused on that
Fighting the Mexican would represent the biggest and most unexpected opportunity of his career, against one of the world's most popular fighters.
Amir Khan believes opponent Saul "Canelo" Alvarez knew he couldn't out-box him in their middleweight title fight, but admits the Mexican champion knocked him out clean.
Khan stepped up two weight divisions to fight the big-hitting Canelo, and says he will step down to his natural welterweight.
And Khan told our sports correspondent Chris Hall that Canelo should be allowed to face Gennady Golovkin the current unified middleweight champion in a fight boxing fans have been crying out for.
Wythenshawe's Tyson Fury will go head to head with Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester area ahead later of their rematch in July.
Fury gave Klitschko his first defeat in over 11 years last November when he won the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles by unanimous decision in Germany.
It's expected to be a lively affair with Fury never one to shy away from from expressing his feelings.
Every time I watch the klitschko fight results it always brings a tear to my eyes. So emotional. It was worth more than any money or gold
Tony Bellew's childhood dream will come true next month when he fights under the lights at Everton's Goodison Park.
The Evertonian will take on WBC champion Ilunga Makabu on May 29th for the Cruiserweight world title.
Bellew had earlier cryptically referred to a Goodison Park fight on Twitter.
Liverpool boxer Stephen Smith has been sharing a gym with former supermodel Helena Christensen as he prepares for his world title fight in America.
The 30-year-old takes on Puerto Rico's Jose Pedraza on Saturday night for the IBF Super Featherweight title in Connecticut.
He bumped into the catwalk queen during his training camp in New York.
Mike Hall caught up with Smith, one of four boxing brothers, before he flew out.
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