Andy Lee looks set for an immediate return to World title action according to reports stateside.
The Limerick native lost his WBO World middleweight strap after a points reverse to Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester last December, but will have the chance to be crowned World champion again on May 21.
Plans are underway for WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs to defend his WBA title against Lee at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Jacobs, 29 claimed the title by defeating Peter Quillin, a fighter Lee drew with, in a round last December and would have been forced to defend against Gary O’Sullivan had the Cork middleweight defeated Chris Eubank Jr in their World title eliminator.
The middleweight title fight looks set to top a bill that includes Deontay Wilder’s defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Alexander Povetkin.
Lee had hoped to face future Hall of Fame puncher Miguel Cotto in the summer, but another World title tilt will prove welcome consolation.