Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte and former world title challenger Mariusz Wach will square off in a 12-round fight on June 3 at the O2 Arena in London, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Wednesday.
The fight will be Whyte's first since he outslugged British countryman and former title challenger Dereck Chisora to win a split decision in a breathtaking battle on Dec. 10 in Manchester, England. It was one of the most action-packed fights of the year and the fifth round was the 2016 ESPN.com round of the year.
"I'm super excited to be headlining at the O2," Whyte said. "I've been working hard to be a standalone headline fighter and to headline against someone of the stature of Mariusz Wach is great. After my last fight, I could have fought Chisora again but I want to move onwards and upwards and I believe this is a couple of levels above Chisora."
Hearn will host a news conference Friday in London to announce the full show.
The 29-year-old Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) has won four fights in a row since he suffered his lone defeat, a seventh-round knockout in a rousing battle with Anthony Joshua, who went on to win a world title in his next bout.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Whyte will face an experienced bigger man in the 6-7, 260-pound Wach (33-2, 17 KOs), 37, of Poland, who has won his past two fights since a 12th-round knockout loss to former titlist Alexander Povetkin in November 2015.
"He's a good fighter. Tall and rangy and he throws a lot of body punches and uppercuts," Whyte said of Wach. "He's a tough guy so I'll have to work hard. I believe I have what it takes -- the resilience, tenacity, skills and heart to beat him. Possibly a stoppage if I apply the right game plan.
"He'll come to fight, use his range. It is heavyweight boxing -- you can't guess what these fighters are thinking. You have to prepare for all outcomes."
Wach's only other loss came by lopsided unanimous decision challenging then-unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2012.
"He's challenged for a world title and he's the man who gave Klitschko problems and put up a good fight against Alexander Povetkin, too -- two of the best fighters we've had in the past 10 years," Whyte said. "It shows how tough he is. He just beat Erkan Teper (by decision on March 18) as well, so it's a very tough test."
Whyte hopes a victory over Wach will push him closer to an opportunity to fight for one of the world titles.
"I want to fight for a world title in the next year," he said. "I'm in a good position to be in with my rankings but I know that Wach is a dangerous customer and can ruin my dreams, so I have to be at my very best and take him out in style to prove I mean business at the top level."
The card will also feature British light heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni (19-2-1, 15 KOs), 28, who is from London, defending his title for the first time against 29-year-old Ricky Summers (13-0, 5 KOs). Buglioni was scheduled to defend against Summers on March 4 on the Tony Bellew-David Haye undercard, but he had to postpone the fight because of an injury.