The English light-welterweight champion faces hometown fighter Terry Needham in an eight-round catchweight contest at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Friday, June 26. Unbeaten Martin hasnt fought since out-pointing Ricky Boylan to lift the English strap at the O2 Arena in London at end of January due to a hand problem. He said: It has been a bit of an anti-climax to be out of the ring for so long. Unfortunately injuries happen in sport and I know I have plenty of time on my side, but Im itching to get back in there now. Mark my words, this will be a harder fight than Boylan. Im not saying Terry is better, but he is a tough lad who will be awkward and our styles could clash. Martin will enter the ring a couple of pounds over the 10 stone light-welterweight threshold while welterweight Needham, who has a good amateur background, will come in under the 10-and-a-half stone limit for his division. Martins first defence of the English title has already been pencilled in for a September 12 show at the O2 Arena.