Meshech Speare has been handed a golden opportunity to shine this weekend.
The 23-year-old is undefeated in five outings since turning professional back in June 2017 and was last in action 17 months ago in his home city of Liverpool.
Speare, back then, outpointed the game and durable Chris Adaway at the Greenbank Sports Academy.
But the orthodox fighter, who is being managed by Tony Bellew, stepped up to the plate at late notice to take a fight on Saturday at the East of England Arena in Peterborough.
He has been added to the supporting cast of Lewis Ritson’s vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-lightweight title tilt against Mexico’s former IBF world lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez.
Speare will take on Kane Baker, a former Midlands Area champion who was in the ring as recently as two weekends ago against Aqib Fiaz in a rescheduled grudge match over eight rounds.
The addition of the clash between Speare and Baker to the Sky Sports- and DAZN-aired card comes after Savannah Marshall’s vacant WBO female world middleweight title clash against Hannah Rankin was postponed following Marshall’s trainer, Peter Fury, testing positive for COVID-19 during fight week.
Eddie Hearn, the show’s promoter, says that the Marshall vs. Rankin fight will be rescheduled in due course.
Rio Olympian Qais Ashfaq (8-0, 3 KOs) meets Salford’s Marc Leach (14-1-1, 3 KOs) in a final eliminator for the British super-bantamweight title on the card, while Catford’s Ellie Scotney finally makes her professional debut against Bec Connolly at featherweight.
Thomas Patrick Ward continues his tilt towards a world title fight at super-bantamweight when he takes on ex-English bantamweight champion Thomas Essomba over 10 rounds and local favourite Joe Laws gets an outing against Norwich-based ‘Pint-Size Powerhouse’ Rylan Charlton.