Baltimore junior middleweight Vincent Pettway will get his first title shot on Feb. 19 when he battles Gilbert Baptist of San Diego for the vacant United States Boxing Association title.
Stuart Satosky, who will promote the 12-round championship match at the Pikesville Armory, received official sanctioning yesterday from International Boxing Federation president Bob Lee.
The IBF has Pettway (34-4, 25 KOs) ranked eighth in the world and Baptist (23-12, 8 KOs) rated No. 9 behind world champion Gianfanco Rosi of Italy.
Only two months ago, Baptist challenged Rosi for the 154-pound title and lost a 12-round decision in Perugia, Italy.
Since turning pro in 1985, he has fought tougher competition than Pettway, also losing two verdicts to present World Boxing Council junior middleweight champion Terry Norris. Baptist, 28, holds the North American Boxing Federation title.