Stephen Foster Jr. will challenge fellow Mancunian Anthony Crolla for his WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title on the undercard of Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight title defence against George Groves at the Manchester Phones 4u Arena on Saturday night.
Former European champion Foster was set to face Michael Katsidis in Australia on the same bill as St. Helens’ Middleweight Martin Murray’s cancelled fight against Garth Wood.
Crolla, 27, was due to challenge for the British lightweight title against Martin Gethin, but the champion pulled out with an injury leaving Matchroom to find Crolla an opponent worthy of the big billing, they found one in Foster.
Foster, 33, who has taken the chance offered to him on home soil, to move up to lightweight says he is ready to grab his opportunity to get back in the big time.
“It’s a great opportunity to fight on a massive bill in my hometown.” said Foster.
“I’m always in the gym and in great shape and I was preparing for December 11 in Australia, so there are no issues there, I’m ready.
“I’m up for any fight and this one promises to be a cracker. Anthony is a very good fighter and a local derby always gets the blood going so I can’t wait to get in there. He’s been in some tough fights recently with Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews that might have taken something out of him, so I think I can get up there at Lightweight and show that I’ve got the power to gate crash his party.”
Anthony Crolla: 26 wins -4 defeats -1 draw, 9 wins by KO
Stephen Foster: 31 wins – 4 defeats -1 draw, 18 wins by KO
Stephen Foster – A Salford Lad (video we did with Foster last year)