BAMMA 19 will see Andy DeVent and Conor Cooke go to war for the BAMMA Londsale British title inside the Blackpool Winter Gardens on March 28.
Officials announced the contest for the middleweight belt recently. The title was vacated by Harry McLeman, who earned a decision over DeVent last year.
“I will fight like a lion come March 28, that’s for sure,” DeVent said. “I will know only one feeling on the night when my hand is raised as the new BAMMA Lonsdale British champion…the feeling of victory.”
The two were expected to meet in a likely top contender match before the title stakes were put into place.
“I’m very excited to be fighting for the BAMMA Lonsdale title against the very tough Andy DeVent,” Cooke said. “I’ve had my sights set on this title for quite some time now and I finally have my opportunity to claim it.
“I’ve no doubt in my mind that title will be coming back to Ireland with me. I work too hard and give up so much to accept anything other than a victory. This will be a tough test for me but every fight I have I improve and I evole.”
BAMMA matchmaker Jude Samuel said that the “fight absolutely made sense” to make after both had “defining wins which placed them higher up the middleweight rankings.”