ST Helens boxer Martin Murray is to fight WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm.
Murray will face the German star for his world title on December 2, at the SAP Arena in Mannheim.
The undefeated 28-year-old said: “I am absolutely buzzing, and have so much motivation to go over there and beat Sturm.
“I first knew about the fight in early September, but we couldn’t say anything until the contract was signed.
“I have started an 11-week training camp at Oliver Harrison’s gym, and come fight night, I’ll be in the shape of my life.
“I have been ready for this chance for about nine months, but I seemed to slip under the radar because everybody talks about Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker as our main middleweights.”
Sturm scored a controversial points win over Macklin in June, but St Helens ace Murray has no qualms about taking on the German in his own backyard.
He added: “I watched Sturm’s defence against Macklin and made it a draw.
“When it is that close, the champion on home soil usually gets the decision and there could be no real complaints.
“The WBA are a fantastic organisation and been very good to me, so I will not be worrying about the scoring. Anyway, I am better fighter than Macklin. and I will go one better than him in December.”
Murray has won all of his 23 fights. Ranked three in the world by the WBA, he goes into the Sturm fight as the underdog.
Most boxing observers rate Sturm as a formidable champion, who will be making his 11th title defence when he takes on Murray.