Boxing legend Riddick Bowe is set to make his professional wrestling debut in Preston next year.
The former two-time world heavyweight champion has agreed to appear for Preston City Wrestling (PCW) in a bout on March 1, 2014.
Bowe will also appear on February 28 for a final contract signing, with his soon to be announced opponent.
The American, who lost only one of his 45 professional fights - winning 33 by knockout - is ranked as the 21st greatest heavyweight of all time by Boxing Scene website.
PCW owner and promoter Steven Fludder, 30, from Ashton, Preston, said he expected the contest to raise the company’s profile and widen its fanbase, by appealing to both boxing and wrestling audiences.
He said: “This is an exciting coup for Preston City Wrestling.
“Riddick Bowe is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and has been training hard to make the transition to the wrestling ring.”
Last month the 6ft 5in star took to Twitter to reveal his grappling plans.
He said: “I want to be the first heavyweight boxing champion and heavyweight wrestling champion. I have trained hard with those bumps.”
Bowe, 46, became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when he won the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1992 - becoming the first fighter to defeat Evander Holyfield.
His second world championship reign came in 1995, when he won the WBO title. He then became the first fighter to knock Holyfield out in 1995.
Bowe retired from boxing in 1997 at the age of 29, before making brief comebacks in 2004 and 2008.
Brian Elliot, editor of Fighting Sprit Magazine, said: “Riddick Bowe was a household name for his accomplishments in boxing, and for him to be making his pro wrestling debut for Preston City Wrestling says a lot about how that company is perceived by the international talent who have performed there.
“PCW has taken the best bits of British wrestling and updated them for a young audience that is influenced by WWE.
“They are unquestionably the most forward-thinking group in England, and the signing of Riddick Bowe is a testament to that.”