Belfast hope Sean McComb will face Welshman Gavin Gwynne for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight crown at the Production Park Studios in Wakefield on January 22.

McComb-Gwynne will be the chief support to the European bantamweight title fight between champion Karim Guerfi and Scotland’s Lee McGregor.

After competing at 140lbs, McComb (11-0, 5 KOs) will drop down to lightweight against solid Welshman Gwynne (12-2, 2 KOs), who has twice previously challenged for the British title.

McComb said: “I’m excited to be getting 2021 off to a good start. 2020 has been a horrendous year for everyone, but things are looking more positive than ever, and I’m pleased to get a good title fight to kick the year off.

“I’ve been wanting to drop to lightweight for a while but there was a delay while we were trying to get a suitable opponent. I had to stay at super-lightweight for one more fight, but now we can put that behind us and push towards big things at lightweight.”

Gwynne added: “I’m really happy to start the year with a bang. I boxed for my first title within seven fights and I’ve been in with some good lads as well, so that stands me in good stead for this fight. I have learned a lot from the massive fights that I’ve been in during my career, and I’m going to win this fight in style.”

Promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’re thrilled to add this superb fight for the Commonwealth title to our huge MTK Fight Night event in January.

“Sean McComb has had his sights set on dropping to lightweight for a while, and he has the chance to win a belt in this fantastic battle with Gavin Gwynne.

“We’ve seen Gwynne fight for the British title twice already, so it’s a tough test for Sean, but we’re excited to see how things unfold.”