KIERAN Gething will get a shot at a lucrative two-year, five-fight deal following two withdrawals from the Golden Contract super-lightweight tournament.

Pontypool’s Gething was originally on standby for the MTK Global event, but he and fellow reserve Mikey Sakyi are now in the main draw after Zhankosh Turarov and Anthony Yigit dropped out.

Welsh king Gething and Southern Area champion Sakyi take their places alongside Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune, Darren Surtees, Logan Yoon and Lewis Benson.

A draw will be held on Tuesday to see who faces who in the last eight at York Hall three days later – the semi-finals and final are next year.

Reacting to his call-up, Gething said: “I’ve been like a kid at Christmas while the news has been waiting to be confirmed.

"So now I know I’m a part of it, I just can’t wait.

“I always felt like I may get in the main tournament, as strange as that is as I was essentially a third reserve.

“I asked the question as soon as it was announced and it’s what I’ve wanted from the start.

“I’ve been training for two to three different styles anyway, so I feel I’m well prepared to box whoever now.

“It’s what I’ve dreamed of and it comes almost exactly three years after my first fight as a professional.”

The 25-year-old (9-2-1) can’t wait to sample the unique atmosphere of the iconic Bethnal Green venue, one which has become synonymous with boxing over the years.

He added: “I’ve never boxed at York Hall before.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to box there because it’s a historic venue where all the greats have fought.

"I’m really looking forward to getting in there.”

Sakyi, who would have fought Gething next Friday if no-one had withdrawn, added: “I’ve been preparing for this date regardless, so my mind and body are at peace and ready to go.

“It’s safe to say that winning the Golden Contract would be life-changing – not just for me but for those around me.

“There are some top fighters in it and some good prospects, but I’m focused on doing what I do best and that’ll get me through.”

The following night sees Blackwood’s Craig Evans fight Northern Irishman James Tennyson in an eliminator for the British lightweight title at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

And a week after that, six Gwent fighters take to the ring in Pontypool on the latest Sanigar Events show.

British lightweight title challenger Gavin Gwynne (11-1) goes up against Cameroon-born Abdon Cesar (4-10) in an eight-round affair.

Jordan Withers and Joshua John, who both won on debut last time out, meet journeymen Victor Edagha (2-68-3) and Ricky Leach (3-47-1) respectively.

Lloyd Germain (2-0) fights winless Saif Zahoor (0-3), Jake Tinklin (4-0) tackles Hungarian Zoltan Szabo (27-22), and Robbie Vernon’s opponent has yet to be confirmed.