HARTLEPOOL-based prospect Simon Vallily has been given the toughest test of his pro career.
The cruiserweight, who trains out of the Gus Robinson Developments gym, will fight Paul David at Gateshead Leisure Centre on Friday, November 22.
Vallily has won his first three bouts in the paid ranks following a super amateur career whose highlight was striking gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Coach Peter Cope is pleased with the match up with David, who is a former British champion and boasts a winning record.
“Simon is an incredible talent,” Cope told SportMail.
“His pedigree and background are of the highest calibre.
“But he’s 28 and he needs to be moving forward.
“We could pick up wins for him but it’s time for him to be tested.”
David has won 13 and drawn one of his 21 contests, the highlight being success in winning the British super-middleweight title.
That was back in 2008 but more recently he has reached the final of one of the Prizefighter tournaments.
The 29-year-old, from Northampton, was last year knocked out by North-East fighter “Tasty” Travis Dickinson in Aberdeen and was stopped in the ninth round of a challenge for the International Masters title in Leeds.
Last time out he fought a draw with a boxer with a 100 per cent record, Nathan Owens, and Cope sees David as a “potential banana skin”.
“These are the sort of fights that are going to bring him on,” Cope said.
“He needs bouts he must concentrate on all the way through, contests in which he does not get all his own way.
“David is a ex-British champion who deserves respect, a fighter with a lot of wins on his record.
“This is a potential banana skin, but it’s something we need to take to build his pro experience.”