Ohara Davies will take on European super-lightweight champion Josh Leather on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray at London’s O2 on June 23.
Hackney’s Davies (16-1-KO13) will make his first appearance under new promoter Frank Warren against Christopher Sebire at Elland Road on May 12 before beginning preparations for a clash with Leather (13-0-KO6).
Davies said: “I rate Leather highly. He’s 13-0 and he’s not someone I can overlook. He’ll be coming into this fight as a champion.
“I may be more widely known than him but I have a challenger’s mindset.
“I watched Leather against Glenn Foot and it was very close. It could’ve gone either way.
“Leather went down and got back up and that shows heart and grit. I can’t take him lightly.
“I’ve already watched a few of his fights and adjusted myself to fight someone of his skill level. I’m really looking forward to fighting him.
“This is a significant fight for me. It doesn’t matter which route I use to get to a world title – as long as I get there.
“Whichever route MTK Global and Frank want to take me down, I’m up for it.
“I’ll fight whoever is in front of me. As long as I get that world title shot at the end, I’ll be happy and I’ll do what’s asked of me.”
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