Liam Smith is set to get a shot at his old WBO World Super-Welterweight Title in May, according to his promoter Frank Warren.
In November, 'Beefy' outpointed domestic rival Liam Williams in Newcastle to become the mandatory challenger to Sadam Ali.
"Yeah we've agreed terms with Golden Boy," Warren said in a recent Q+A on the BoxNation Podcast. "The fight's going to be on some time in May. Looks like it's going to be New York, just waiting for them to confirm the date."
Ali won the belt from Miguel Cotto in December after earning a unanimous decision, handing the Puerto Rican a defeat in his final ever fight before retirement. Next he will face Smith in his first defence.
"It's all done, and hopefully he can reclaim his title. It's a fight that I think he can win. He's had good grounding, he never turns down anybody Liam. If he comes through that, hopefully we can get some good defences here in the UK," added the promoter.
Smith's biggest bout to date came in September 2016 when he faced Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, and Steve Lillis argued that the Liverpudlian will have no issues in travelling to face Ali.
"He's one of those sorts of guys. He fought Canelo in Dallas, [in front of] 50-odd thousand people. He handled that so well that week. There won't be a question of him melting on the night," he said.
Also on episode 15 of the BoxNation Podcast, Frank Warren answers questions from the fans, Steve Lillis has a rant about fighters missing weight and there's a world exclusive snippet from the Lee Selby v Josh Warrington Face Off.