By Elliot Foster

Danny Dignum has confirmed his return date.

The 25-year-old southpaw has been out of the ring since September.

But he will snap his hiatus on February 3, 2018, as part of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing’s ‘British Beef’ card.

Dignum, who campaigns at super-middleweight and has an unblemished ledger of 4-0 with two early, will box over six rounds at the O2 Arena in London, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The show is headlined by a cruiserweight grudge match between Isaac Chamberlain and ex-Olympian Lawrence Okolie, while Ted Cheeseman faces a step-up in opponent after agreeing to face former Kell Brook foe Carson Jones and Reece Bellotti returns in a defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title against Ben Jones.

There is also action scheduled on the card for Ohara Davies, the WBA International super-lightweight champion, Felix Cash, who ended 2017 with a one-round stoppage earlier this month, and former Team GB star Joshua Buatsi.

IN OTHER NEWS: Manchester welterweight Macaulay McGowan has insisted he will take on any British challenge at 147lbs after signing up with MTK Global.

The undefeated 23-year-old is hoping to book some big domestic dust-ups in the new year as he becomes the latest addition to MTK’s ever-growing stable of talented fighters.

McGowan has built a 12-0-1 record since turning professional three-and-a-half years ago. His draw came against fellow undefeated fighter Jez Smith in a small-hall classic last year, while the former ABA junior champion has since recorded back-to-back victories over the past six months.

And he now hopes his decision to link up with MTK will see him mix it with the best welterweights in the UK in 2018.

“The welterweight division is wide open at the moment, so I’ll literally fight anyone,” said McGowan. “I think I’ve got it in me to beat anyone and I’ll never shy away from any fight. I don’t think anyone at domestic level beats me.

“Gary Corcoran fought for a world title, but don’t even think he is the best at domestic level, so I just think the division is wide open at the moment. I’m willing to fight anyone, I just want to get up there, get in the mix and show what I’m about.”