British super-middleweights Zach Parker (22-0-0, 16KOs) and John Ryder (31-5-0, 17KOs) face-off on Saturday evening at London’s O2 Arena with the allure of a potential world title shot hanging over.
Live on BT Sport, a loss for either man would leave them at the back of the queue for one of four world titles held by pound-for-pound star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Parker finds himself ranked number one with the WBO.
The winner of Saturday’s bout would be in prime position to take on the Mexican who has long spoken of his desire to fight on this side of the Atlantic.
Ryder enters the evening the more experienced of the two having already fought for a world title three years ago in a controversial defeat to Callum Smith.
Parker is yet to challenge for world honours but has won all of his last five contests inside the distance.
Frank Warren promotes the event, with Ryder travelling over to fight on BT Sport despite his allegiance with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN.
Highly-rated middleweight prospect Hamzah Sheeraz (16-0-0, 12KOs) clashes with River Wilson-Bent (13-1-1, 6KOs) in Saturday’s chief support.
Sheeraz has won both of his two fights via stoppage since moving up to middleweight in March but did have to pick himself off the canvas in his last bout versus Francisco Torres.
The 23-year-old regained composure however and eventually halted the Argentinian in the fifth-round.
Wilson-Bent meanwhile lost to Tyler Denny for the English title via split-decision five months ago.
Victory over Sheeraz would leave him in the healthiest position of his career so far.
Super-bantamweight Dennis McCann (13-0-0, 7KOs) returns in a twelve-round clash versus Scotland’s Joe Ham (17-3-0, 6KOs).
McCann threw his name into the hat to clash with newly-crowned European champion Liam Davies last weekend amid a healthy domestic super-bantamweight division.
Ham will be harbouring ambitions of his own however and has only lost to highly-rated opponents such as Qais Ashfaq and Jack Bateson.
Victory for McCann will leave the Maidstone man in good stead to compete for domestic titles in 2023.
McCann’s stablemate Sam Noakes (9-0-0, 9KOs) is also set to feature in London for his tenth appearance as a professional.
Fellow undefeated lightweight Calvin McCord (12-0-0, 2KOs) will be in the opposing corner.
Both men are scheduled to go the twelve-round distance for the first time as pros.
Dublin’s Pierce O’Leary (10-0-0, 6KOs) looks to continue his momentum on the back of four consecutive knockout victories.
Emmanuel Mungandjela (16-3-1, 7KOs) will oppose the Irishman for their ten-round super-lightweight clash.
Sonny Ali (4-0-0) also returns at welterweight versus Georgi Velichkov (3-6-0, 3KOs) over six.
Hard-hitting cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher (2-0-0, 2KOs) will also feature against Jiri Krejci (1-2-2) over four.