Paul McCloskey will look to get back on track when he faces Bradley Saunders in Newcastle on March 29.
The Dungiven southpaw lost in controversial circumstanes in his last outing against Dean Ryan in December and ‘Dudey’ will know defeat at this stage of his career will be very difficult to bounce nack from.
Saunders is unbeaten after eight fights, with six of those contestscoming by way of knock-out, but he has not fought anyone in McCloskey’s class.
Meanwhile Floyd Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana in a welterweight unification contest on May 3, quashing Amir Khan’s hopes of being the WBC champion’s next opponent.
“Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention,” said Mayweather.
“He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring.
“I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him - beat me,” he added.