Ricky Burns (38-5-1, 12 KOs) and Gavin McDonnell (13-0-2, 4 KOs) face crunch European title fights against Edis Tatli (25-1, 8 KOs) and Jeremy Parodi (37-2-1, 9 KOs) at the Sheffield Arena on October 24, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Burns challenges Tatli for the European lightweight title that the Finn won in April via a unanimous decision over Yvan Mendy in Helsinki. Burns is back in action following his stirring display in Texas in May against Omar Figueroa, and the Scotsman could have his hands full against Tatli, who has 25 wins on his slate with one reverse in an alphabet title challenge against Richar Abril.
Unbeaten Englishman McDonnell defends his super bantamweight strap for the first time against the Frenchman who lost to Carl Frampton back in October 2013. McDonnell has been in camp for seven weeks already, including two weeks in Texas, and will be looking for more success in the venue where he claimed the crown against Oleksandr Yegorov in March.
Burns and McDonnell’s bouts are the first fights announced by promoter Eddie Hearn on the undercard of Kell Brook’s welterweight alphabet title defence against Argentine Diego Chaves.