Lytham boxer Scott Cardle will make the first defence of his British lightweight title when he squares up to Gary ‘Dynamo’ Buckland in Liverpool next month.
He will take on the former British super-featherweight belt holder in what Cardle admits will be his fiercest test so far.
It had been thought Cardle’s opponent would be Gary Sykes - and the Lytham boxer was training with that fighter in mind - but Matchroom have announced Buckland.
Cardle said that having to change tack and prepare for Buckland would not present a problem.
He said: “Two names were put forward and my team chose Buckland.
“They are two different types of fighter, though they both have one thing in common - they are both very tough.
“Buckland is a fighter who stay on my chest for as long as he can.
“What I have to do is avoid getting drawn into it.”
Buckland (pictured) has won 30 fights to date, losing six.
Unbeaten Cardle said: “I have been training with Sykes in mind, but with the fight taking place four weeks on Saturday, I have the time to prepare and get the right sparring for someone like Buckland.
“I am just glad it has been decided who I will be fighting.”
It is the second Welshman in succession that Cardle will have faced.
He won the title beating Craig Evans in May.
Cardle: “Taking on Buckland will be the hardest fight I have had.
“Evans and I were on the same kind of level, but Buckland has more experience on his side.”
Cardle will take his place on a busy bill at the Liverpool Olympia on September 19.