Essex southpaw Danny Dignum will defend his WBO European middleweight title against Russian Andrey Sirotkin on a MTK Fight Night at the University of Bolton Stadium on April 17.
Dignum (13-0, 7 KOs) is ranked WBO No.5 and last fought in March 2020 when he stopped Alfredo Meli. Sirotkin (19-1, 7 KOs) holds victories over Ryan Ford and Ricardo Mayorga.
Also on the show, Dan Azeez (12-0, 8 KOs) will defend his English light-heavyweight title against Ricky Summers (17-2-1, 6 KOs) while super-bantams Joe Ham (16-2, 6 KOs) and Jack Bateson (12-0, 3 KOs) clash over eight rounds.
Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin (14-0, 4 KOs) is back for the first time since November 2019, squaring off with former WBO Youth champion Shaun Cooper (10-2, 0 KOs) in a six-round 130lbs bout whilst Southampton light-heavyweight Lewis Edmondson (4-0, 1 KO) returns to action.
Meanwhile, Paul Ryan makes his professional debut against Kyle Hughes, Paul McCullagh meets Anthony Woolery and Inder Bassi faces MJ Hall.
MTK Global promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’re ecstatic to announce this huge event for next month, and it’s an incredible main event between Danny Dignum and Andrey Sirotkin.
“There aren’t many fighters out there who would choose to face someone as tough as Sirotkin, but Danny is keen to prove to everybody just how talented he is and send out a big statement to the rest of the middleweight division.
“It’s a packed card, with Dan Azeez defending his English title against Ricky Summers, Joe Ham taking on Jack Bateson, plus the likes of John Joe Nevin, Lewie Edmondson, Paul Ryan, Paul McCullagh and Inder Bassi all in action, so we can’t wait.”