JOSH KELLY will attempt to take a major step closer to a World Super-Middleweight title when he fights Argentinian Gabriel Corzo in Newcastle next month.

Sunderland fighter Kelly, who is currently ranked number two in the world, will take on Corzo in the Vertu Motors Arena on June 24.

A victory over the unbeaten Corzo, who currently sits at number nine in the rankings, will strengthen the North-Easterner’s prospects of securing a shot at undisputed World Super-Middleweight champion Jermell Charlo.

“A win over Corzo on June 24 in Newcastle will put me within touching distance of a shot at the World title,” said Kelly. “I’m thrilled to be teaming up with DAZN and fully intend on producing a stellar performance that will be seen around the world on their platform.

“Corzo is ranked number nine in the world and is a good fighter, but I am going to deliver a display that makes the rest of the division sit up and take note. You don’t want to miss this one.”

Kelly, who was part of the Team GB amateur squad at the 2016 Olympics, has successfully turned his career around since suffering a shock defeat to David Avanesyan.

December’s British title win over fellow North-Easterner Troy Williamson was a major step forward, but in the unbeaten Corzo, who is set to face a dangerous opponent who has World title ambitions of his own.

“Make no mistake, on June 24 in Newcastle, Josh Kelly’s World title dream ends and mine gets closer to being a reality,” said Corzo. “I am not travelling all the way from Argentina to make up the numbers.

“I want my shot at the World title and Kelly is standing in my way of that, so he must be moved aside. I hope Kelly’s fans are prepared for the upset that is coming.”

Next month’s show also sees the return of heavyweight contender Nathan Gorman, a second pro contest for Codie Smith and a heavyweight showdown between Newcastle’s Steve Robinson and Franklin Ignatius.