By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Luis Ortiz is set to make the first defence of his fringe world title before the end of the year.
The WBA interim champion, from Cuba, only clinched the title last weekend, but his next opponent has already been secured.
Ortiz will face former world title challenger Bryant Jennings on December 19 at New York’s Turning Stone Resort.
And the rapid conclusion to negotiations for the clash comes less than a week after the Miami-based 36-year-old knocked out Matias Ariel Vidondo in the third round on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s knockout victory of David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden.
Jennings was last seen in the ring in April, when he dropped a decision to four-belt heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko at MSG, which was the Ukrainian’s first Stateside appearance in seven years.
Voluntary Anti-Doping Association are believed to have been entrusted to carry out all drug and urine tests for this fight.
Elsewhere, former WBA Super featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, who was stripped of his title after failing to make weight in June, will return to action over 10 rounds in the super featherweight division.
The 29-year-old Jamaican, who is unbeaten in 26 outings with 21 early finishes, is set to take on Jason Sosa of Camden, New Jersey, who has boxed five times already this year.by