Derby’s Sandy Ryan (5-1-0, 2KOs) will contest for the vacant WBO welterweight title versus Canada’s Marie-Pier Houle (8-0-1, 2KOs) on April 22nd in Cardiff.

Matchroom Boxing confirmed the Brit will take on Houle on the undercard of Joe Cordina‘s super-featherweight title challenge versus Shavkat Rakhimov on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan reacted to the announcement on Twitter, writing “WBO world title 22nd April. See you all there LFG.”

The 29-year-old has campaigned as a super-lightweight in all of her six pro contests so far since turning over in July 2021.

Ryan successfully avenged her only defeat to Erica Farias in March last year with a unanimous decision win five months later before running out a wide winner after ten rounds in November.

The former Team GB fighter will now look to become world champion at the first time of asking against the undefeated Canadian in April.

Houle has fought all but one of her eight pro contests in her native Canada, barring a six-round victory in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2020.

Cordina looks to become a two-time world champion versus Tajikistan’s Rakhimov in the main event, while British lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne rematches Craig Woodruff elsewhere on the card.

Zelfa Barrett also faces Alex Dilmaghani over 12 rounds.

Featured image: Courtesy of Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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