Anthony Joshua will make the second defence of his IBF heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 26.
The undefeated 26-year-old last fought when he stopped Dominic Breazeale in seven rounds in June. His next challenger is to be announced by the end of September.
The holder of British, Commonwealth and World titles, Joshua will move away from his customary venue of London’s 02 Arena and venture north to face the next opponent challenging for his title.
Joshua last fought outside of the O2 in May 2015 when he defeated Raphael Zumbano Love at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
The change of location is a demonstration of promoter Eddie Hearn’s desire to continue to build his profile throughout the country.
Details of the November fight were announced by Matchroom Boxing, run by Hearn.
The promoter spoke earlier in the week of a three-fight plan for Joshua that begins on November 26, is followed by a further defence against mandatory challenger Joseph Parker in March, and then concludes with a voluntary at Wembley Stadium against one of the division’s biggest names.
To maximise the success of such a plan and of pay-per-view sales throughout that period, it may be necessary to continue to build the heavyweight’s reputation beyond the capital. New Zealand’s Parker is also in contention to appear on the November 26 undercard.
‘When I first started my professional career I travelled all round the country fighting, which I loved, this is taking me back to the grass roots,’ said Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medallist who went to Rio to support Team GB’s boxers this summer.
‘I can’t wait to get back up north and show the people of Manchester how much I have improved since the last time I was there. I have been inspired over the summer by the fighters in the Olympics, it has given me a new perspective and huge hunger to get back in ring.
‘It has taken a bit of time to officially announce the fight, we want this to be a spectacular show, all the way up the card and it takes time to get these things right.’
November’s fight will conclude a five-month absence from the ring for Joshua, after his demanding run of seven fights in 15 months.