BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has been confirmed to defend his WBO super-middleweight title against Marcelo Esteban Coceres on 9 November.
The unbeaten 30-year-old – who fights in America for the first time in his professional career – will face the Argentian on the undercard of the rematch between YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul.
1 Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO super-middleweight belt on November 9 in Los AngelesCredit: DAZN
Saunders will make the first defence of the belt at 168lbs after beating Shefast Isufi in May to become a two-weight world champion.
The slick southpaw – who has racked up 28 wins from as many fights – will fight across the pond on November 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Speaking of his delight at being part of the bill for KSI's blockbuster bout with Logan Paul, Saunders said: “I’m really looking forward to fighting in LA and making my professional American debut and my first fight under the Matchroom umbrella on DAZN and Sky Sports.
“Marcelo Esteban Coceres is a tough, world-class operator, an unbeaten fighter and I certainly feel the pressure to outperform him and look good on such a massive platform. Training is going very well, I just have to stay focused and get the job done.”
Matchroom promoter Hearn added: ""I can't wait to see Billy Joe shine stateside and what a huge platform to do it.
"He is right in the mix for all the big fights in 2020 but he can't slip up here and if he can make a statement against Coceres then I truly believe he will land a monster in the first half of next year."
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Coceres is also undefeated with 28 victories, but has yet to fight at world level and El Terrible will similarly be fighting in America for the first time.
Undefeated lightweight and WBC interim title holder Devin Haney is also set to fight on the night.
While middleweight prospect Nikita Ababiy fills out an exciting undercard for the bout following a first round knockout over Isiah Seldon last weekend.