STAFFORD welterweight Rob Hunt is to end the year with a title fight in November.
The 27-year-old will fight for the British Masters crown when he takes on Stourbridge-based Steven Pearce, at Walsall Town Hall on November 16.
While Pearce lost his Midlands Area title in May to Sam Eggington on a knockout in the seventh, Hunt will be keen to wipe away the memory of his one and only title scrap three years ago.
On that occasion, Hunt was stopped in six rounds by Ben Lawler, having been down in the first and twice in the second.
Having joined the paid ranks in 2006, that title bout at the Moat House, Stoke was Hunt’s first defeat in 16 fights, a record that included a victory over Lawler just two months before.
Hunt’s only other setback came on his Prizefighter debut at Wolverhampton in January when he lost out to Mark Thompson with a bad cut above his eye after a clash of heads.
Hunt made an impressive return to the ring earlier this month with a convincing victory over Andrew Pearson (Birmingham) at the same Walsall venue.
Whereas the Stafford fighter has had 21 fights, winning 17, Pearce will step into the ring for only his tenth professional bout, having made his debut in 2011.
Since then, Hunt has joined up with Wednesbury-based trainer and matchmaker Errol Johnson, who promotes the November show.
Top of the bill is a British super featherweight eliminator between Cradley’s Chris Male and Troy James from Coventry.
“It’s going to be an exciting show,” said Johnson. “Male and James is a real 50/50 fight, so is Pearce and Hunt.
“There’s not much separating the fighters so boxing fans are in for a real treat.” Also on the undercard is Stafford’s undefeated super middleweight Grant Cunningham.
It is the first time both Stafford boxers have appeared on the same bill and Cunningham, whose opponent has yet to be confirmed, will be out to defend his unbeaten eight-fight record.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 (ringside), are available from the Walsall Town Hall box office or 0845 111 2900.