Stephen Carroll [5(1)-0] will start 2017 off with a test when he boxes in Scotland on Friday March 3rd.
The Ballyfermot light welter is set to face a fighter known as the best journeyman in Britain on the Prospect Boxing card at the Alona Hotel in Motherwell.
Shortty will face William Warburton [22(3)-106(2)-9] over four rounds on the dinner show and will need to be at his best to avoid an upset loss.
Last year alone Warbuton scored five upset victories as the away fighter, as well as a further two draws. Two of these wins came against established names Jason Welborn and Rob Hunt. 29 year old Warburton has faced numerous Irish fighters in his career, giving tough tests to Sonny Upton, Paddy Gallagher (twice). as well as drawing with Dean Byrne, and defeating Ger Healy.
Carroll himself is coming of a career-best win, outpointing Jamesy Gorman over eight in November to win the Celtic Nations title.
Warburton normally fights in between welterweight and light middleweight, and will hold a size advantage over the Dubliner on the night, further increasing the magnitude of the test.
Also featuring on the Scottish show will be Belfast journeymen Jamesy Gorman and Alec Bazza. The bill is headlined by Eddie Doyle, who will defend the Scottish light welterweight title against Lee Redpath.
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