Josh Warrington will take on Hisashi Amagasa at the Leeds Arena on April 16, with his WBC International Featherweight title on the line.
It is Warrington’s second defence of his crown in his home city. The Leeds-based pugilist beat Joel Brunker at the arena in September.
Warrington remains undefeated but Amagasa brings a dangerous record with him. He has 20 knock-out wins from his 30 triumphs and 30 years of experience as a professional.
Another fight announced for the card is the clash between Stuart Hall and Rodrigo Guerrero, which will be a final eliminator for the IBF World Bantamweight title.
Hall is aiming to regain the title he first won in 2013, and the clash with Guerrero represents a final test ahead of a potential battle against Lee Haskins.
“This is a massive night for both Josh and Stuart,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Josh is hunting a summer clash with IBF champion Lee Selby, so he cannot afford any slip-ups against Japanese banger Amagasa.
“It would be a great story if Stuart could get his hands on the IBF belt once again – and he knows that this could be his last chance. Guerrero will be a handful for the Darlington man, but I know Stuart is desperate to land a fight with Lee and settle the score.”