Stephen Smith will take on Sergio Manuel Medina in Manchester on Saturday
Last Updated: 19/11/13 3:57pm
Stephen Smith: On the world title trail
Stephen Smith will take on Sergio Manuel Medina for the WBC International Silver Super Featherweight title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
A victory over the Argentine will set 'Swifty' on course for a world title shot having relinquished his British title.
The winner of Saturday's fight must face WBC Silver champ Fernando Saucedo for the title within 90 days of victory, with the winner of that in line to challenge for the famous green belt.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Stephen and if he can overcome an experienced Medina he will land an automatic shot at Saucedo for the Silver title which will ultimately lead to a world title shot in 2014," said promoter Eddie Hearn.
Medina (39-6-1) is actually coming off a lop-sided points defeat to Saucedo in the summer, a loss that ended a three-fight winning streak.
The 31-year-old challenged Juan Manual Lopez for the WBO super-bantamweight title in 2008, but suffered a first round knockout.
Liverpool's Smith was also last seen in August when he knocked out Gary Buckland to win the Lonsdale Belt.
Two-time world title contender Martin Murray will have a 'keep-busy' fight against old rival Sergey Khomitsky.
The pair met back in 2009 when Murray recorded a routine points win over eight rounds. However, the Ukrainian, now 39, ended the career of Jamie Moore the following year at the Manchester Arena.
Murray is a late addition to the show after his fight with Garth Wood in Australia fell through.