ANTH Hardy has been handed his fourth professional assignment.
The Hartlepool and Horden fighter will take on Yorkshire-based Syrian Yousef Al-Hamidi at Gateshead on Saturday, May 17.
It is part of the Young Guns event, staged by Wraith Promotions, which also features a title shot for ex-Gus Robinson Developments boxer Paul Archer.
Hardy has won all three of his pro bouts to date and trainer Peter Cope is keen to see the light-welterweight step up a level.
“I’m very pleased with Anth,” said the Gus Robinson Developments head coach.
“After having three fights in quite quick succession we gave Anth a breather over Christmas and new year with a view to fighting again in April or May.
“It’s worked out well getting him a spot on this show.
“He’s looked good in the gym and hopefully he’ll carry that into this contest.
“We’ve done a lot of strength work with him and also work on his technique and composure.
“Anth has had some really good rounds when he’s looked brilliant and then he’s had some less good ones.
“We’re looking for him to be more consistent in his performances.
“We’re happy with Anth though – he’s got a lot of talent.
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“But he’s only 22, he’s a young pro and he’s still learning.
“This will be a good fight for him. Al Hamidi is classed as a journeyman but if he turns up and he’s in the mood, he’s a dangerous fella.”
Horden neighbour Archer has a big fight on the Gateshead Leisure Centre bill.
The 23-year-old, from Grants Houses, will take on Geordie George “Razor” Watson for the Northern Area light-welterweight title.
Archer lost his unbeaten record last time out, beaten by Welsh puncher Tony Dixon, at Houghton-le-Spring last October.
Watson, 30, has won eight bouts – one more than Archer – but has suffered six defeats.