Eamonn O’Kane has been handed a golden opportunity to edge closer to a shot at the IBF World title.
The middleweight will fight for the IBF Inter-Continental title on May 2 at Lavey Community Centre near Maghera.
The clash against an un-named opponent will also be an IBF World title eliminator.
O’Kane is ranked eight by the IBF so winning on May 2 could mean he is named as mandatory challenger for the title.
The 32-year-old stopped Ferenc Hafner in his last outing in Swindon in February and he will be looking to build on that victory.
O’Kane is now working under trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick and says things are going well.
“If I win on May 2 I will be right in the mix for the IBF title,” he said.
“I could even be made the mandatory challenger. These are exciting times and there is everything to fight for.
“It is every boxers dream to fight for a World title and I am no different.
“It is up to me to win on May 2 and then see what happens. I worked hard for a very long time and now I am getting close to a World title shot. Things are good.”
And ‘King Kane’ admits working under Fitzpatrick in Swindon has been “a breath of fresh air”.
He added: “He has been working on my technique and I have added more power to my game. My left hook has improved no end and I am enjoying working with Paddy.
“His gym is a great place to be in and I am enjoying it. I am not enjoying being away from my family, but this has to be done – and I believe I am improving all the time.
“It is also great that the fight is near my home. You have to be here fighting at home to get people behind you. The venue holds about 2000 people and it is a great set-up.”
There will also be a number of other fights on the bill and for tickets contact 07803959353 and 07843633950.