Bruno set to face American

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Frank Bruno's next contest will be against an American opponent at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on 13 May. Then Bruno should be able to look forward to a fourth attempt at a world heavyweight title in early July - the World Boxing Council version currently held by Oliver McCall.

Frank Warren, the promoter, is negotiating with three London football stadiums, including Wembley, for the WBC fight. The show will also feature Nigel Benn's next defence of his super-middleweight title, plus one other world championship bout.

"I feel this is my year; I've said it from the beginning," Bruno said. "I'm not a clairvoyant or a medium, but I've said it before. The world title is going to come as well. It would be like a dream."

Warren, who promoted Bruno's last, brief outing against Rodolfo Marin, is currently negotiating to find Bruno's opponent. That is never easy these days. With four world titles available, and Mike Tyson now a free man, there are so many big-money opportunities available in a fragmented heavyweight division. It would take a lot of money to bring a decent opponent to Britain in May, and Warren is expecting to have to invest a purse of six figures on the right man.

Warren said: "Tyson is looking for two warm-up fights. There are all those champions and all the guys are jockeying for positions."

Bruno would prefer Joe Hipp, ranked at No 4 or No 5 in the world organisations. But Hipp, too, has his eyes firmly fixed on the bigger opportunities available in the United States.

Warren would prefer Bruno's world title opposition to be McCall, who beat Lennox Lewis at Wembley last September.

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