Anthony Cacace will challenge for the British title by March at the latest.
There were hopes that the Belfast super featherweight might get his tilt before Christmas after George Jupp elected against facing him in a final eliminator ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control.
However, Irish-boxing.com believes that current champion Martin J Ward, who claimed title with a TKO win over Andy Townend on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook, will take the voluntary defence he is entitled to before having to face the Brian Magee-trained 27 year old.
Ward looks set to defend against a fighter he knows well having fought him twice, Maxi Hughes, who holds a win over James Fryers.
However, the winner will have to face Cacace and the title bout will have to play out in March at the latest.
The news may not be music to the former Irish champions ears, but it may just be one of those tunes that grows on him.
The unbeaten big punching stylist will get more time to work with new coach Brian Magee, who also trains Tommy McCarthy and may get the chance to get a few more rounds under his belt.
The Apache’s last opponent Jamie Quinn came with a rounds guarantee, but it expired by the time he fought the Belfast man and was stopped in a round.
Cacace may now has the chance to get a few more rounds in before what would prove to be a career changing fight.
When asked about the new lie of the land Cacace’s new manager Pat Magee told Irish-boxing.com.
“If you look at it there is a matter of weeks in the difference to challenge before Christmas and after. The champion will have to face him by March. Anthony will still challenge for the title it’s just a matter of possibly waiting a few weeks. It may also give us the chance to get him a fight or two in between.”