Nick Quigley will have the chance to be added to the history books before the end of the year.
The likeable Scouser has been handed a shot at a version of the world title and can become the sixth Liverpudlian to hold the WBU crown –– behind the likes of Shea Neary and Derry Mathews –– should he beat George Hillyard in the winter.
Quigley takes on the Londoner, 30, for the vacant middleweight belt at the Liverpool Olympia as part of a multi-title card being arranged by Stephen Vaughan and VB Promotions.
Hillyard, from Canning Town, has a competitive record of 12-6-1 (6), but will be the underdog against Quigley –– the middle sibling in the fistic family –– on December 5.
“This feels like a dream,” said Quigley, 27, who was forced to hang up the gloves three years ago with a career-ending injury.
“I was heartbroken [with the news I had to retire] and slipped into depression for what felt like a lifetime, but I knew that couldn’t be the end of my boxing story and decided to not give in on my dream.
“I stayed in the gym as determined and dedicated as ever for three years, like I was going to get another chance at it.
“At the start of this year I went for a medical and I was given the all-clear,” Quigley continued.
“I cried with joy because it meant so much to me.
“This time last year,” Quigley concluded, “I was still under the impression that I would never be able to box again.
“It’s crazy how things have played out.”
‘Legacy’, which is how the show is being billed, will play host to two other WBU title fights and a whole host of prospects and future stars on the undercard.
Tony Dodson will vie for the vacant WBU International light heavyweight title and Ryan Moorhead is set for action in a clash for the body’s International strap at featherweight.
Elsewhere, cruiserweight Tony Moran will defend his MBC International title for the first time since his scintillating two-round demolition of Jimmy Campbell earlier this month.
And Russian super bantamweight David Agadzhanyan will look to get closer to title contention, while there is action for Dublin’s Bernard Roe, Solihull’s Antonio Counihan and Merseysiders Jay Carney, who will be looking to get back to winning ways, and Ryan Vaughan, Lee Boyce, Liam Willis, Rob Beech and Carl Donohue.
Tickets, priced at £40 (balcony), £60 (floor) and £80 (ringside) are available from vaughanboxing.tv or by phone on 03332 000905, while VIP packages are available on request.