Yorkshire hero Darren Tetley knows there is plenty at stake when he faces Liam Taylor on next week's action-packed #MTKFightNight - and he has vowed to steal the show with a spectacular performance.
Unbeaten Tetley (20-0, 9 KOs) faces the always-exciting Taylor (21-1-1, 10 KOs) at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 26 – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
The bout also serves as an eliminator for the British welterweight title, and Tetley has his sights set on winning in style and challenging for that belt in the near future.
Tetley said: "I can’t wait to be back. It's massive for me that MTK Global have given me a chance what a lot of boxers would jump at, especially given the current circumstances, so I’m grateful for that.
"Liam Taylor has boxed at British title level already and avenged his only loss. I’ve seen him a few times and we were actually going to fight in the amateurs but it never happened. It's 100 percent a fight I can’t wait for and one I believe I’ll make a statement in.
"I look forward to being on the big stage to show what I'm about. It's an eliminator for the British title and obviously I want that belt, so this is my chance to put myself in line for it.
"It's behind closed doors, but that just adds to the importance of the fight. This is what I love to do so I won’t worry about it a crowd. After I win here I will be saying straight away that I want a shot at the British and Commonwealth titles in my next fight."
Tetley vs. Taylor is part of a huge bill on August 26, which also features unbeaten Lewis Crocker facing Louis Greene for the WBO European welterweight title, plus British and Commonwealth bantamweight king Lee McGregor taking on Ryan Walker.
Elsewhere on the card, undefeated Gary Cully goes up against Craig Woodruff, Fearghus Quinn makes his highly-anticipated professional debut against Robbie Chapman, while amateur sensation James McGivern makes his professional debut too.
It’s part of a huge week of #MTKFightNight events, as on September 2, Akeem Ennis Brown and Philip Bowes clash for the British and Commonwealth super-lightweight titles, and Dan Azeez defends his English light-heavyweight crown against Andre Sterling.
Also on that card, undefeated Padraig McCrory faces Mickey Ellison, bitter amateur rivals Harlem Eubank and Martin McDonagh square off, plus a battle of unbeaten fighters sees Elliot Whale take on Corey McCulloch.