European light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko is set to make the fourth defence of his title belt against Italian Emanuele Della Rosa on May 17 in Roma.
The current number one contender with the WBC, 28, is patiently awaiting news of a possible world title shot against Saul Alvarez once Floyd Mayweather vacates the 154lb championship – and will now keep busy against ‘Ruspa’ in the late spring.
Della Rosa, 34, was put forward by the EBU as the next in line and promoters OPI 2000 secured home advantage for their fighter to give possibly him the best opportunity of winning a first European crown in his nine-year career.
Also announced this week is the news that Della Rosa’s compatriot and current welterweight champion Leonard Bundu will put his EBU belt on the line against former amateur star Frankie Gavin if both sides agree.
Purse bids have been given a deadline of April 30 for the contest to be negotiated and Bundu will be looking to do a similar job on Gavin that he did to fellow-Briton Lee Purdy in London last December.
Bundu, 39, took out Purdy in the twelfth round of their competitive contest at the ExCel, but will face a considerably tougher test against Gavin, who is highly-touted as a future world title holder.
The 28 year-old from Birmingham must first come through a Commonwealth defence against Sacky Shikukutu this weekend in Newcastle, although an upset doesn’t seem likely as Gavin heads towards another step up later in the year.
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