MATTHEW Hatton will start his campaign towards another world title assault in Blackpool next month, when he faces unbeaten Andre Abramenka.
The former European welterweight champion will be in fight action at the Tower Circus on August 19.
It will be Hatton’s first fight since going down on points in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge against Saul Alvarez in March.
Hatton, brother of Ricky, has returned to the 147lb welterweight division and hopes for another world championship chance in the next few months.
The vacant IBF intercontinental title will be on the line when he faces the Belarusian over 12 rounds.
And Hatton, 30, said: “Abramenka is a good calibre opponent and facing him proves I am going straight back in against a meaningful opponent.
“I am mandatory contender for my old European title and I would love a crack at WBA title holder Vyacheslav Senchenko or interim champion Ismael El Massoudi.
“I am looking at one of those three fights by the end of the year.”
Hatton, victorious in 41 of his 48 fights, won plaudits for his brave performance against Alvarez. He added: “It was nice to get credit, but it is about winning and I am itching to get back to winning ways and proving I have plenty left to offer.”
Abramenka, 24, has won 15 and drawn two contests. In title action on the same bill will be undefeated Blackpool cruiserweight prospect Matty Askin and other prospects, including Kirkham welterweight hopeful Adam Little.
The show, promoted by Robert Waterman, will be televised live by Eurosport and tickets are available prices £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222 and www.ticketline.co.uk.