Rocky Fielding will defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Briton, who won the belt over the summer with a stoppage of Tyron Zeuge, heads to the United States for the first time.
Fielding, 31, had been urging promoter Eddie Hearn to seal a big fight for the end of the year and they don’t come much bigger than Canelo.
Alvarez is coming off the victory of his career against Gennady Golovkin in September. The Mexican superstar had been linked to facing David Lemieux.
The 28 year-old now heads to 168 for the chance to win a third weight world title.
In an announcement that came without warning, Fielding v Canelo is likely to land on DAZN in the USA. Sky Sports Box Office are nailed on for coverage in the UK.
Canelo is currently looking for a new TV home after HBO’s decision to drop boxing from their schedule.
Upon agreeing a collision with Fielding, it could now be an indication of where Canelo’s future lies.
Lemieux blasted out Gary O’Sullivan on the undercard of Canelo v GGG 2 and was heavily touted to face Canelo in 2018.
With the WBA and WBC versions of the middleweight strap in his possession, Canelo is not thought to be at any risk of being stripped.
A win over Fielding could then mean a third fight with Golovkin could potentially take place at the higher limit.
Hearn has a history of landing big challenges for his fighters as Kell Brook found out against Golovkin in 2016. ‘The Special One’ was defeated in five rounds by ‘GGG’ at London’s O2 Arena.
Paul Smith, a Liverpool rival of Fielding, was also pitted against a pound for pound star in Andre Ward. ‘Smigger’ was stopped late on in Oakland three years ago.
Losing just once to new 168lb king Callum Smith. Fielding will be hoping to reverse the losing trend in the maiden defense of his belt.
More details are set to be revealed by Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy on the event, which came completely out of the blue.