Martin Murray is hoping to put a frustrating year behind him by defeating late replacement Nuhu Lawal in Monte Carlo on Saturday, live on Sportsclubsociety.
Murray will defend his WBA Continental super-middleweight title against the undefeated German after Russian Dmitrii Chudinov was ruled out with a virus.
Lawal, whose unbeaten 23-fight record includes 13 wins inside the distance, holds the WBA Inter-Continental middleweight crown having stopped Istvan Szili inside six rounds in June.
Murray (33-4-1 KO16), who was originally due to face Arthur Abraham in a rematch, is hoping a big win will help get his career back on track and secure him a fifth world title shot after losing to domestic rival George Groves in June.
“Originally it was Abraham – Abraham pulled out. Chudinov pulled out last night and we’re fighting this one now. It is what it is, there’s nothing I can do, just stay focused,” said Murray.
“I’ve had a great training camp, everything has gone well. A good win on Saturday, kind of puts me back in the mix, puts this year to bed, which hasn’t been a good year for me, and focus on 2017.
“I’m just happy to be here, happy that I’ve got a fight and I just want to thank him for taking it.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “We have to take our hat off to Nuhu Lawal for coming over on short notice to take this fight at short notice. He’s a young man, who is 23-0, number 12 in the WBA rankings.
“Martin Murray was originally scheduled to fight Arthur Abraham – around two weeks ago Arthur Abraham pulled out of the fight. Then he was going to fight Dmitrii Chudinov, and then at 8pm last night, any promoter will tell you the worst time to get a phone call to tell you, Dmitrii Chudinov was out of the fight with an illness.”
Watch Martin Murray v Nuhu Lawal on the Monte Carlo card, including Luis Ortiz, Jamie McDonnell and Stephen Smith from 7pm, Saturday, live on Sportsclubsociety 2.