Fleetwood boxing Steve Gray will be the third man in the ring at Manchester Arena on December 10 when Anthony Joshua takes on Eric Molina for the International Boxing Federation world heavyweight title.
It is the pinnacle in the career so far of Gray, who has risen through the ranks to attain star class as a referee.
A former boxer himself, Gray has consistently impressed with his authority and firmness in the ring.
Gray, who runs a landscape gardening business based in Wesham, is justifiably delighted at officiating at such a high-profile bout that will be watched around the world.
He said: “I am really proud as I think I am right in saying there have only been five British officials who have ever refereed the world heavyweight title and none from Lancashire, so it is nice to be the first.
“On the back of last weekend’s title fight in Cardiff between Terry Flanagan and Orlando Cruz, it is finishing the year on a real high for me.”