Amir Khan’s next defence of his WBA light-welterweight title will be against Paul McCloskey on April 16.
The Bolton fighter will have his first fight on home soil since beating Dmitriy Salita in 2009 when he faces the Northern Irishman at the MEN Arena.
McCloskey, 31, is the reigning European champion and has a perfect 22-fight record.
It seemed a bout between the pair was unlikely to happen when the Dungiven southpaw ruled himself out of the running following a breakdown in negotiations.
Junior Witter, Victor Ortiz, Lamont Peterson and old foe Breidis Prescott, who handed Khan his only loss back in 2008, had all been rumoured as possible alternatives for the 2004 Olympic silver medallist.
However a deal has now been done with McCloskey, who had originally been scheduled to defend his European title against Michele Di Rocco in March.
“I’m delighted that this fight has finally been put together following some tough negotiations,” said Khan.
“This is a match-up the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country.”
Khan will return to action in Britain following impressive victories over Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana in the United States last year.