A European super middleweight title clash between current belt holder Hadillah Mohoumadi and British star Callum Smith has been ordered by the European Boxing Union.
Frenchman Mohoumadi picked up the EBU belt by defeating Mariano Hilario in Spain last May and is yet to defend it having participated in a non-title fight last time out.
The 35 year-old stopped an out-of-depth Ericles Marin in Italy on November 28, but faces a particularly more difficult task should Smith pursue the championship.
EBU officials have set a date of December 17 for both sides to agree the fight before the purse bid kicks in for the potential 168 pound battle.
Challenger Smith, 25, has highly impressive in reaching 18-0 on the back of a sound amateur career and completely obliterated stablemate Rocky Fielding in their recent all-Liverpool contest.
Many experts couldn’t separate the two pre-fight, although Smith demolished Fielding within a round having dropped the ex-Prizefighter champion three times.
‘Mundo’ is highly-ranked by the WBC and could fight for a world title in the coming year, but promoter Eddie Hearn may see the EBU title as an easy target and a good stepping stone for Smith.
Given the fact that Mohoumadi was beaten on points by current IBF title holder and possible future Smith foe James DeGale in 2012, Hearn may want to use the bout as a yardstick for a meeting between the pair.
DeGale has impressed this year in defeating Andre Dirrell and Lucian Bute in America and Canada respectively and was recently named as one of the ten candidates to win the WBN Fighter of the Year award for 2015.