By Elliot Foster
Joshua Buatsi will fight a former Anthony Yarde opponent this weekend.
The 25-year-old former Olympian has raced to 7-0 with five early since turning professional just over a year ago.
Buatsi was last in action in July at the O2 Arena in London when he stopped Andrejs Pokumieko.
And he will be back in action on Saturday at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, exclusively live on Sky Sports, against Tony Averlant.
Buatsi will face the Frenchman, 34, over 12 rounds, just under eight months after Ilford’s Yarde forced him to retire at the end of the seventh round at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
And though Averlant has a ledger of 26-10-2 with five early, he is going into the fight against Buatsi on the back of that defeat to Yarde.
Outright British lightweight champion Lewis Ritson tops the card against Francesco Patera in a clash for the vacant European title as he looks to continue his rise in the paid ranks.
Meanwhile, Hosea Burton has now been added to the card that will also feature Terry Wilkinson, Yorkshire heavyweight David Allen as he takes on Samir Nebo and the debut outing of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist John Docherty.
There's action elsewhere on the card from IBF European super-bantamweight champion Thomas Patrick Ward, who has recently been ordered to face Cesar Juarez in a final eliminator for TJ Doheny’s world title, as well as cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, Darren Reay, Chad Ellis and super-welterweight Joseph Laws.
Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Glenn Foot will also box on the card in a clash against Robbie Davies Jr., the Liverpudlian who is the current WBA Continental king, as the pair vie for the vacant British belt and Craig Glover meets Simon Vallily in an official cruiserweight title eliminator.