British and Commonwealth 122-pound champion Brad Foster will rematch Lucien Reid on Feb. 22 at York Hall in London, five months after their controversial draw at the same venue.
The 22-year-old Foster (11-0-2, 4 KO) won the vacant British title against veteran Josh Wale in March of last year, and added the Commonwealth belt with a win over Ashley Lane two months later.
Reid (8-0-2, 4 KO), 26, won one card in their first meeting, while the other two came back even. Many observers felt Reid deserved the victory, agreeing with judge Ian John Lewis, who scored it 116-112 for the challenger.
“It will be another good scrap and one where I need to put things right,” Foster said. “I need to win this one and close this book. Simple as that. A draw is not the way I want to keep my titles and it was disappointing to keep them with one. This time I’ve got to win the fight convincingly.
“I can take a lot from it, but he can as well, because he knows what I’m like now and that is what makes it a tasty fight. I’ve had a nice little break to get over a few injuries including a broken knuckle after the last one. I am back at it now and on Feb. 22 I will be the winner.”
“I can’t wait to prove that I did win the fight and I will do it in a fine fashion,” said Reid. “I am not going in there to do anything less or the same as I did last time. This time you will see a totally different me, as well, and I will change it up.
“Every single person knows that even if I won it by one round, I still won the fight. When I get in there with Brad I am going to old man him again, move him about and prove that I am the rightful champion. I am also going in there thinking he will come out unbelievable so I am looking forward to seeing that and how I adjust to it, because I know I can.”
The card will also feature a super middleweight bout between Kody Davies (10-0, 3 KO) and Umar Sadiq (9-1, 6 KO), plus returns for light heavyweight Tommy Fury, bantamweight Dennis McCann, junior lightweight Ryan Garner, featherweight Louie Lynn, junior welterweights Henry Turner and Eithan James, and lightweight Sam Noakes. Bantamweight Muhammad Ali, a 2016 Olympian, will make his pro debut as a bantamweight.