Galal Yafai will return to the ring a week earlier than planned.
The Olympic gold medal winner, from Birmingham in England, has a record of 3-0 with two quick finishes since turning over last year.
Yafai has the WBC International flyweight title around his waist, having won it on his debut back in February 2022.
And the 30-year-old was set to defend the belt for third time on April 8.
Moises Calleros (36-10-1, 19 KOs), from Mexico, is the man scheduled to oppose Yafai in the fight, but it will now take place earlier than agreed after a fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s return fell through.
Former unified world heavyweight champion Joshua is back in action on Saturday, exclusively live on DAZN, at the O2 Arena in London when he takes on former Dillian Whyte opponent Jermain Franklin.
As part of the same show, former British middleweight champion Felix Cash was slated to face Matteo Signani in a long-awaited clash for the latter’s European crown.
However, it was revealed by Chris McKenna of the Daily Star on Wednesday that the fight was off due to Cash withdrawing from the contest.
It was later confirmed by Matchroom, the show’s promoters, that Cash had indeed pulled out with illness.
As a result, talented southpaw Yafai will now box the aforementioned Calleros in the capital venue, rather than at the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas, with the fight initially set down for the supporting cast to Murodjon Akhmadaliev’s IBF and WBA Super world super-bantamweight title defence against Marlon Tapales.
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez has stepped back down to flyweight and will take on Cristian Gonzalez Hernandez over 12 rounds for the vacant WBO crown on the Akhmadaliev-Tapales card, while there is action for Raymond Ford and Israel Madrimov among others.
Yafai’s clash with Calleros strengthens the Joshua-Franklin supporting bouts no end, with Fabio Wardley, for the vacant WBA Continental heavyweight title against Michael Coffie, and Campbell Hatton among those who will get out again.
Middleweight Austin Williams, who the aforementioned Cash has been on a long-term collision course with, faces River Wilson-Bent over 10 rounds and John Hedges returns alongside Jordan Flynn, Paul Smith-managed American-based Saudi Ziyad Almaayouf –– whose last appearance came on the undercard of Tommy Fury’s win against Jake Paul and Badou Jack’s WBC cruiserweight title victory over Ilunga Makabu last month –– and German duo Peter Kadiru and Juergen Uldedaj.