Birmingham's Matthew Macklin has finally had his long-awaited attempt to win the British light-middleweight title pencilled in for September 29 at Altrincham Leisure Centre.
Macklin, who is seeking to emulate the British title success of his fellow Brummie Robert McCracken, has had three dates with champion Jamie Moore fall through.
The duo had been due to meet last Friday in Altrincham but Moore has been struggling with shoulder problems and he instead had a warm-up bout - stopping Belgian Mike Algoet in five rounds. Macklin has grown increasingly frustrated by the long wait and is determined to make sure that it proves to be worthwhile.
He said: "I am confident that I can win when we do meet. But I also know that it is going to be a difficult fight.
"Jamie has been the champion for two and a half years and I have always envisaged myself fighting him for the title.
"He is a good friend of mine which gives the fight some extra spice.
"But, sometimes, things like this do happen in boxing and you just have to get on with it."
Macklin knows that the stakes will be high when he does get into the ring with Moore. His manager Brian Peters has ambitious plans for Macklin who is proving to be a big draw in Birmingham as well as in Dublin and America.
Macklin added: "I have been promised fights in America.
"But that is for the future and all I am thinking about now is becoming the British champion."