Edinburgh’s Stephen Tiffney will face undefeated David Oliver Joyce for the vacant WBO European featherweight title in Manchester.
The duo will go head-to-head at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre on Friday, March 15, with the winner guaranteed a top-15 world ranking. Tiffney, 30, has suffered just one defeat from 11 professional fights – to Edinburgh’s Lewis Paulin in December 2017 – and appreciates this is an opportunity that could propel him to the forefront of the division.
“It’s a massive fight and this is the type of fight that if you can’t get motivated for then you’re in the wrong sport,” Tiffney said. “I was really happy when I got the phone call.
“He [Joyce] was a world-class amateur and fought in the Olympics so I know of him but I haven’t seen too much of him in the pros. I know how hard a fight it is going to be and it will push me.
“I want to win titles. I am still motivated. I don’t really put myself out there but I want to make sure people know I can fight before I call it a day.”
Meanwhile, welterweight Lewis Benson has performed a U-turn on his decision to retire and will return to the ring on MTK Global’s show at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on March 22.
The 27-year-old had called time on the sport following his controversial defeat to Tyrone McKenna in November but has since had a change of heart.