Anthony Fowler will make his return from a hand injury on the undercard for Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight grudge fight with Lucas Browne at The O2.
The 26-year-old Liverpudlian has been ruled out since picking up a fourth successive stoppage in October, but is back in action on the same bill as Whyte’s WBC ‘silver’ title defence against Browne on March 24, live on Sky Sports.
Fowler insists he is ready for a step-up in class and the super-welterweight wants to challenge for his first professional title this year.
“I’ve been out for a while so it’s great to be back,” said Fowler. “The hand is fine now and I’m confident it’ll hold up on March 24.
“I’d love to win a belt by the end of the year, maybe the English or Commonwealth, but to do that I need to stay busy and start stepping up the rounds and test myself.
“As a prospect, you can have things all your own way in the start against journeymen who are there to survive, but I want someone that’s got ambitions to knock me out. Then we’ll see what I’m made of.
“I want to start stepping up now and facing unbeaten guys, and people that come to put it on the line. That’s going to bring the best out of me.”
Frank Buglioni also returns to the ring that evening as he defends his British light-heavyweight belt against Commonwealth king Callum Johnson.