Matthew Hatton returns to the ring on August 19 for the first time since his unsuccessful bid to claim the WBC junior-middleweight title.
After losing on points to Saul Alvarez in March, Hatton drops back down to welterweight to face the unbeaten Andrei Abramenka of Belarus.
The fight, for the vacant IBF intercontinental belt, will take place at Blackpool’s Tower Circus and Hatton hopes a victory will set the Manchester based up for another world title challenge.
The former undefeated European champion said: “Abramenka is a good calibre opponent and facing him proves I am going straight back in against a meaningful opponent. I am mandatory contender for my old European title and I would love a crack at WBA title holder Vyacheslav Senchenko or interim champion Ismael El Massoudi.
The entire six bout show will be promoted by Robert Waterman and televised live on Eurosport.
August 2, 20111