Blackpool boxer Brian Rose, the British light-middleweight champion, is to fight on one of the country’s biggest bills of 2013.
He is to feature on the glittering undercard at Manchester Arena on June 29, when David Haye is the headline attraction against Manuel Charr.
Rose’s opponent has yet to be named and the contest is likely to be a 10-rounder with no title at stake, but it is seen as a stepping-stone to a world title clash.
Bobby Rimmer, who trains Rose, said: “It is a massive show in Manchester and it will give Brian a taste of what he can expect when he headlines a big show of his own, when there is maybe a world title at stake.
“That is the level we are looking at now rather than the European or Commonwealth route. One ranking list already has Brian at no.10 in the world and he is improving all the time.”
Rose is back in training this week after annexing the World Boxing Organisation inter-continental title against Joachim Alcine in Blackpool last month.
On June 29 Haye will box for the first time since his grudge match victory over fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in London last July.
Charr, 28, has been in action on three occasions since then, suffering a controversial defeat at the hands of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko before bouncing back with two victories to take his record to 23 wins with just one defeat.
Lebanon-born Charr lives in Germany and has Syrian heritage.
Meantime, Rose has moved out of Blackpool to Dukinfield in Manchester to be near where he trains.
He has moved into Rimmer’s house in Dukinfield, with his partner Danielle and son Oscar.
Rimmer, meanwhile, has moved out of the house and into a flat in Openshaw.
Rose’s trainer joked: “I have been kicked out of my own home!
“But seriously, Brian has made the move so that he can spend time with Oscar and Danielle.
“Training in Manchester, he was coming home at weekends. He was missing his family and doing the things with his boy that parents like to do.
“You could see that being away from home was affecting Brian and you don’t want to take that into the ring – you want a happy fighter.
“If Brian and Danielle like it, then they may well move permanently to Manchester.”
Another top-notch fight on the Haye bill sees Gavin Rees take on Anthony Crolla.
Rees returns to action after his brave world title challenge against Adrien Broner in Atlantic City in February and he takes on former British champion Crolla in a crucial clash for both their careers.
Crolla’s return bout with Derry Mathews in Liverpool in March ended in a draw, when the Commonwealth title was at stake.