WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders 29-0 (14) will make his second title defense against former world title challenger Martin Murray 39-5-1 (17) at SSE Arena in Wembley, London, December 4.
Left-hander Hatfield, 31, won the vacant title against little-known Serbian, Germany-based Shefat Isufi in his hometown in May last year before defending against Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles in November.
Saunders appeared to be on the verge of signing a deal to face Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) this year before the global coronavirus pandemic thwarts those plans.
Murray was initially scheduled to meet Saunders in 2018, but the fight failed twice.
“I’m very happy to be defending my WBO world title again,” Saunders said. “I haven’t boxed for a year and I really miss being in the ring. I can’t wait to have my 30th professional fight and end the year on a high before a big 2021.
“The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in many ways and has had a big impact on the sport of boxing. The fight against Canelo Alvarez was very frustrating for me, but now the journey continues into December.
“Martin and I were supposed to fight twice before, but it didn’t happen once and for all. He said things and so have I, so let’s see who can support them.
“I like to train with Mark Tibbs. He’s incredibly proficient in the sport of boxing and we’re working on some new stuff that we’ll show off on the night.
Murray, 38, has been unlucky in four previous world title offers, losing by draw to Felix Sturm in Germany, dropping Sergio Martinez before losing on points in Argentina, participating in 11 rounds with a Gennadiy Golovkin in Monte Carlo and abandoning a split decision. to Arthur Abraham in Germany.
“I can’t wait to come back and fight for another world title. Big fights definitely bring out the best in me, ”said Murray.
“This year has been a good year for me personally. It seemed like all the stress in life had been taken away, so I really enjoyed being able to relax a bit more and spend even more time with my family.
“There wasn’t really any bad blood between me and Billy to be honest, it was just a lot of frustration after he pulled out twice. It has stayed where it was, but we certainly have some unfinished business.
“I expect a tough fight and Billy Joe will be at his best, so I’ll be ready.”
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s thrilled to end the year with a big British grudge match.
“I’m delighted to announce another big fight for the 2020 calendar as we end this difficult year with a huge blow,” he said.
“The All-British world title fights are always special, especially in the super middleweight division, and I’m really excited to see Billy come back to the ring.
“We were 24 hours before Billy’s announcement to fight Canelo when the pandemic hit and that rolls the last dice for Martin Murray who will give it all on December 4.”