Super-middleweight Ron Essett of Clearwater, Fla., who is managed by Baltimore print-shop owner Tommy Rothe, will challenge champion Mauro Galvano of Italy for the World Boxing Council title July 27 in Sicily.
This will be the second title shot for Essett, 28, who was knocked out by then-World Boxing Association champion In-Chul-Baek in October 1989.
Essett (25-3) is ranked No. 1 by the WBC and WBA and sixth by the International Boxing Federation.
Essett, a native of Indianapolis, won several of his early pro fights in Baltimore arenas.
In his most recent bout, March 7, he stopped Jim Shavers in France. Essett will train in Paris before going to Sicily the week of the fight.