STOURBRIDGE welterweight Sam Eggington will fight for the European title in Birmingham in May.
The Savage will take on Cerefino Rodriguez, the Spaniard that landed the vacant title in December, at the Barclaycard Arena on May 13, live on Sky Sports.
The clash will be chief support as home-town hero Kal Yafai also defends his WBA World Super-Flyweight title against Suguru Muranaka.
Eggington is full of confidence heading into the bout having stopped former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi at The O2, and the hard-hitting 23-year-old wants to build on his wins over Malignaggi and Frankie Gavin with another prize scalp.
“I have real hunger back after losing to Bradley Skeete and this is massive for me as I never thought I’d reach this level,” said Eggington.
“I had to learn a lot after Skeete. I have grown up and come back strong with wins over Frankie and Paulie. If I can add a win over Rodriguez to those two names and then defend the title well, people will start talking about world titles and I think that I’ve earned the right to be in the conversation for them.”
Meanwhile, Gavin also returns to action following his fight of the year battle with Eggington and ‘Funtime’ is taking the first steps to move down to fight at Super-Lightweight by taking on Derby’s Dave Ryan in a crunch clash made at 145lbs, while Yafai’s younger brother Gamal takes on WBC International Super-Bantamweight champion Sean Davis.
Unbeaten talents Ryan Kelly and Adam Harper clash for the Midlands Area Middleweight title and there’s more local interest with Halesowen's Lennox Clarke, Jordan Clayton, Charlie Williams and Cori Gibbs in action.
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