STOURBRIDGE boxer Sam Eggington is determined to take the chance to get his careers firmly back on track when he faces Liam Smith in Liverpool in March.

All-action Eggington will face the former WBO super-welterweight world champion at the M&S Bank Arena on March 30, live on Sky Sports.

Smith will make his debut under the Matchroom banner and will be looking to take another big step towards another world title shot in 2019 with a victory in front of his home fans.

Eggington, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from his defeat against Tanzania’s Hassan Mwakinyo in Birmingham last September.

The former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion will first take in a tune-up clash at Villa Park on February 2 on the Tommy Owens Promotions show before turning his attention to March.

He said: "After what happened in my last fight, I've really landed on my feet getting this big opportunity against Liam Smith.

"It's obviously in his back garden but those away days are always better.

"I'm more than confident of putting on a good performance. It's a big chance for me to get right back on track and I'm planning to take it.

"There is still a lot I can learn and I learned from that last fight. I also seem to be much better when I'm in big fights. When I think I've got a 'gimmie' that's when I'm always put in my worst performances.

"I've been training for a while because I was hoping to get on the Dillian White card at the end of last year, so I'm in good shape and ready.

"I've got a fight in Birmingham on February 2 and that should hopefully be a good workout before the big one in Liverpool.

"I know I'll take some good support up to Liverpool but that Birmingham fight is also a chance for anyone who can't make it to come along then instead."

On Smith, he added: "We do know each other quite well because we've had some really good sparring sessions in the past.

"I really like him so have made sure to watch his fights whenever he's been on.

"I know a lot of people will doubt me for this now, and I don't blame them after the last performance, but I'm very confident."

The Liverpool show will also see Anthony Fowler and Scott Fitzgerald collide in a battle of unbeaten super-welterweight prospects, while heavyweight David Price returns against an unnamed opponent, and Joe Hughes defends his European super-lightweight title against British champion Robbie Davies Jnr.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I can't wait to be back in Liverpool on March 30, I love it there!

"This is one of the best all domestic cards we have put on in the city - Liam Smith returns from his world title defeat to face the all-action Sam Eggington, in what will be an absolute war, and Anthony Fowler faces off against ex GB team mate Scott Fitzgerald in another crunch 154lb clash."