Martin Gethin will face John Wayne Hibbert at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday night (November 26) live on Sky Sports.
The Walsall man replaces Tommy Coyle in the bout, and the 33 year old will look to having the Hull man is desperate trouble when they met in Coyle’s backyard last March, when he floored Coyle in the second round and looked to be en-route to stopping ‘Boom Boom’ before being forced to retire with a damaged eardrum.
Gethin, who boxed on Saturday over four rounds at Walsall Town Hall, will be looking to land a crucial win to have one last crack at winning titles in 2017, and he’ll be as desperate as to win as the Essex man.
Hibbert is hunting a big performance to move back into the title mix in the talent-stacked 140lbs division, eyeing British champion Tyrone Nurse and the winner of the December 17 clash between Lenny Daws and Anthony Yigit for the vacant European strap.
Gethin’s clash with Hibbert is part of a huge night of action in London as Irish amateur sensation Katie Taylor face Karina Kopinska on her pro debut.
Ohara Davies faces a huge step-up as he challenges WBC Silver Super-Lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa, Martin J. Ward defends his British Super-Featherweight title against Ronnie Clark, Ben Hall faces American danger man Carson Jones, Reece Bellotti meets Ian Bailey in an eliminator for the English Featherweight crown, and unbeaten youngsters Jake Ball, Craig Richards and Ted Cheeseman look to end 2016 with a bang. Conor Benn has been forced off the bill with shingles.
Tickets for November 26 are on general sale priced £40, £60 and £100 available from www.ssearena.co.uk or by calling 0844 815 0815. £150 VIP tickets are available exclusively via www.matchroomboxing.com