IBF junior middleweight world champion Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) finally got his man.
Hurd had called for a unification showdown with WBA, IBO world champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs).
On Wednesday, the fight was made official when Showtime announced the contest for April 7th at a venue to be determined at a later date.
Last October, a Showtime televised tripleheader took place with Hurd, Lara and WBC champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) making defenses at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Many saw the event as a building block to a series of unification fights between all three boxers.
Hurd became the first man to stop Austin Trout, while Lara dominated Olympian Terrell Gausha, and Charlo blew away Erickson Lubin in one round.
Lara's manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., had stated earlier this month that a clash with Hurd was coming close to a deal.
DeCubas Jr. told George Ebro - "This is what everyone and Lara himself were asking for, [for Lara to fight] a champion that comes forward without stopping. This is going to be an entertaining fight with a lot of action."
Hurd views Lara as the top guy at the weight and the perfect opponent to overcome in order to take the throne at junior middleweight - and also placing three world titles around his waist in the process.
"It's time to put everyone on notice who the best 154-pounder is. I know a win over Erislandy Lara will put me there so I'm coming for that number one spot," Hurd said.
Earlier this month, Hurd discussed how Trout was the perfect opponent to get properly prepared for a fight with Lara. The Cuban boxer holds a decision win over Trout.
“I feel like Trout was the perfect fight for me to prepare for Lara, being that it serves as the natural transition to assimilate and go from one southpaw to another,” said Hurd.