John Ryder hopes to make a statement to his middleweight rivals when he faces Les Sherrington on a big-name London bill.
The 26-year-old Islington man has responded with four wins after his unbeaten record was ended by a narrow points defeat against Billy Joe Saunders in 2013.
Saunders has since earned a world title shot, but Ryder is also rising up the rankings and will move closer to a major title shot with victory over Sherrington at the 02 on January 31, live on Sky Sports.
The battle-hardened Australian has picked up eight wins in the last two years and extended Sam Soliman into the ninth round before he was halted by the former world champion.
Sherrington is a great fight for me to start the year with a bang.
“Sherrington is a great fight for me to start the year with a bang,” said Ryder.
“He has bags of experience and has a good record of knockout wins so I will need to be at my best. But I have been working hard over Christmas and am in great shape. I am looking forward to shining on January 31.”
Ryder’s clash with Sherrington is part of an exciting line-up, which is topped by Anthony Joshua’s eagerly awaited heavyweight encounter with Kevin Johnson.
Joshua has halted all of his 10 opponents, but Johnson has never been stopped during a 36-fight career, including clashes with Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.
Lightweight Kevin Mitchell also returns to action and can keep himself in world title contention by defeating Daniel Estrada.
Tommy Martin battles Ricky Boylan, while John Wayne Hibbert takes on Tyler Goodjohn in another exciting domestic bout.