Padraig McCrory [14(8)-0] will challenge undefeated Leon Bunn [!8(9)-0] for the IBO light heavyweight world title.
The Belfast super middleweight got due reward for a sensational run of knockout form by recently being made mandatory for Gustave Tamba and his EU 168lbs title.
Conlan Boxing then won purse bids to promote the mandated fight and McCrory looked set for a big night in either Galway or Belfast.
However, an opportunity has presented itself, and ‘The Hammer’ will now fight the German for the vacant title in Frankfurt on October 22.
The home favourite was initially meant to fight Daniel Blenda dos Santos for the strap on October 1 but the ankle injury forced the Brazilian out and McCrory steps in.
It means a move in weight for McCrory, who has registered four impressive consecutive step-up knockout wins at super middleweight, but his team are confident moving up the scales won’t be an issue.
Bunn is undefeated and holds an IBF International title, has strong backing from the Sauerland’s and has nine knockouts from 18 fights. He also has respectable wins on his record but nothing overly eye-catching – and the fact they took this fight over an EU title fight suggests Team McCrory are very confident.
Speaking before the fight was officially confirmed Conlan Boxing main man Jamie Conlan said he was hopeful of securing slots on the card for Kieran Molloy and Kurt Walker.