In an all-Birmingham, England, showdown, 21-year-old Sam Eggington (16-2, 9 KOs) will look to defend his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles against Frankie Gavin (22-2, 13 KOs) on Oct. 17 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing announced on Tuesday.
Garvin, 29, the former British and Commonwealth champion, will be fighting for the first time since he got knocked out by Kell Brook in the sixth round challenging for his welterweight world title on May 30.
“To be honest I'm still in shock that this fight and this card has come together like this,” Hearn said. “I have to take my hat off to Frankie and Sam. Frankie is straight back in the war zone after his defeat to Kell, and Sam is putting all his hard work on the line at only 21. These are the kind of fights that ignite a city.”
Also on the card, three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin (32-6, 21 KOs), also of Birmingham, said he plans to fight at junior middleweight for the first time since 2006 when he faces Jason Welborn (17-3, 6 KOs).
Macklin, however, has to come through a tune-up fight on Aug. 28 in Marbella, Spain, when he takes on Germany’s Chris Herrmann (19-6-1, 10 KOs) in a middleweight bout.