Today at 3:30 pm EDT on Sky Sports 2 (UK), Josh Warrington will take on Davide Dieli for the vacant European featherweight title in the main event from First Direct Arena in Leeds, with veterans Ricky Burns and Brian Rose looking to bounce back from losses, prospect Callum Smith in action, and a Commonwealth junior welterweight title fight also on the bill.
Warrington (18-0, 2 KO) has scored decisive wins over veterans Rendall Munroe and Martin Lindsay in his last two outings, and currently holds both the British and Commonwealth titles at 126 pounds. The 23-year-old is looking to take that next little step up, title-wise, but the opponent shouldn't be any more difficult than anyone's already faced.
Dieli (15-3, 5 KO) is a 35-year-old fighter from Italy who hasn't faced much by way of competition. On paper, this fight reminds me of Matthew Hatton vs Gianluca Branco from 2010, when Hatton advantageously picked up the European welterweight title.
With the vacant Commonwealth title at 140 pounds at stake, Tyrone Nurse (29-1, 5 KO) will face Dave Ryan (15-8, 3 KO) in a 12-round bout. Ryan is here thanks to an upset win over Paul McCloskey in his last fight, but he's lost three of his last five, so he's not a guy with an iffy record on a particular hot streak. Nurse, 24, is the clear favorite, and his only loss was a Prizefighter final against Adil Anwar in 2012.
Former super featherweight and lightweight titleholder Burns (36-4-1, 11 KO) will look to come back from a devastating loss to Dejan Zlaticanin, one that may have signaled the end of his run as a contender on the world level. The 31-year-old Burns will be facing 32-year-old Alexandre Lepelley (17-1-1, 3 KO) of France in a 10-round fight.
Rose (25-2-1, 7 KO) was last seen in a failed world title bid on June 14, when he was dominated by Demetrius Andrade in Brooklyn. The 29-year-old from Blackpool returns to take on Ignacio Lucero Fraga (11-7-3, 5 KO) in a pure tune-up bout today.
And Smith (13-0, 10 KO), the 24-year-old who may be the best of the Smith brothers of Liverpool, will face veteran Rafael Sosa Pintos (48-10, 19 KO) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds. Smith has a tentative date with former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca on November 22 if he comes out unscathed today.