Belfast fighter Marco McCullough will face England's Isaac Lowe for the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg’s world-title clash in Manchester next month.
IBF champion Frampton and WBA belt-holder Quigg meet in a world super-bantamweight unification fight at the Manchester Arena on 27 February.
McCullough should be full of confidence ahead of his first action of 2016, having bounced back from a shock defeat to Zoltan Kovacs last July with wins over Sergejs Logins and Sergio Prado – and the 26-year-old (14-2-0) expects to have too much for the unbeaten local man (11-0-1) in Manchester.
“I'm delighted to be part of this massive show,” said McCullough. “To be boxing on Sky Sports Box Office on the undercard of my Cyclone stablemate Carl Frampton is a huge moment in my career.
“Isaac is a talented lad but I have boxed at a higher level and I'm one hundred percent confident that I will be walking away with that Commonwealth belt on 27 February. My uncle Tommy Waite won the Commonwealth Bantamweight title in Manchester 16 years ago and I can't wait to emulate him.
“I have boxed in front of massive crowds before against former World Champions. Isaac hasn't, and it's this experience that will prove the difference on the night. I will have the bigger support in Manchester and I'm going to do them proud and win this fight in style.”
English champion Lowe turns 22 this week and the ‘Westgate Warrior’ believes he’ll KO his Belfast rival and notch a second major title in his blossoming career.
“It’s great to get the opportunity to box on such a big show,” said Lowe. “Marco has had a good career, he’s a strong puncher - but he’s hittable and beatable. He’s been knocked out twice and on my day I beat him all day long. He is my toughest test so far, but as we’ve seen with my past two fights – the better opposition, the better I perform.
“I’m expecting him to give everything he’s got - but I’m confident I will weather the storm and emerge victorious.
"If the Irish boo me, so be it. I will feed off that and perform even better. Remember, there will be 10,000 screaming fans from North West, so we will do our best to drown them out. I want to prove to everyone in Britain that I am world class.”
Belfast’s Luke Wilton will also fight on the undercard taking on former European amateur bronze medallist Charlie Edwards in a final eliminator for the British flyweight title.