By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Hosea Burton will get the chance to have a belt strapped round his waist later this year.
The Manchester-based light heavyweight, who is trained in Bolton by Joe Gallagher, has been handed a shot at the vacant WBC International title.
Burton will face Tony Hill for the strap at the Manchester Arena on November 21 at Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports, on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s second WBA lightweight title challenge against Darleys Pérez.
Originally from Newcastle, Burton will go into his maiden title shot on the back of a six-round decision victory.
He dropped late stand-in Elvis Dube in Liverpool, en-route to picking up a 60-53 verdict last weekend.
Nigel Edwards was set to be in the opposite corner at the Olympia as the pair were set to contest a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, which is currently held by Bob Ajisafe.
But after the Trinidadian failed a brain scan in the run-up to the fight, the 27-year-old (14-0, 5KOs), had to make-do with what he had.
Now, though, he has been given the chance to show what he’s made of in a meaningful outing.
Elsewhere on the Manchester undercard, Charlie Edwards will defend his English flyweight title for the first time, while Tommy Coyle will return for the first time since being stopped by Luke Campbell in August.
And new signing Scott Fitzgerald, who joined Matchroom after leaving Team GB, will fight for the second time as a pro on the card and will be joined by Hosea Burton’s gym-mate Marcus Morrison, who produced a scintillating display in Liverpool to remain unbeaten.
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