Charlie Shepherd is looking forward to linking up with fellow boxing stars Floyd Mayweather Jr and Andre Ward at events next year.

The Carlisle-based former world champion will travel down to Essex to partner 42-year-old American Mayweather, who hung up his gloves in 2017 with an unblemished 50-0 record, at an event at the Brentwood Centre. It will be held on March 3.

Then, Shepherd will line-up alongside Ward at the York Hall Leisure Centre in London for another function on April 19.

“To do a night alongside Floyd Mayweather will be great,” said Shepherd who beat American Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson at the Sands Centre in Carlisle as he landed the IBO super-featherweight belt 20 years ago.

"He is the greatest boxer of this era, to be honest, and he is unbeaten.

"Overall, he was just a fantastic fighter and I’m just really looking forward to meeting him.

"We both held versions of the world title at the same time. It was mooted at the time for us to fight each other, so it will be interesting to bring that up.

"I think it’s going to be a cracking little event in Brentwood."

Meanwhile, on partnering 35-year-old San Francisco-born Ward, who retired from the sport in 2017 after a 32-fight unbeaten professional career, Shepherd added: “He is a legend who was undefeated, like Floyd, and beat the best of the best.

"When he faced him, he really schooled Carl Froch in 2011.

"I’m really excited to meet Andre, as well. He was just an absolutely unbelievable fighter."

It comes after Shepherd, who now runs Four Belt Fitness on Raffles Avenue, has met the likes of Barry McGuigan, Ray Mancini, John Stracey, Carl Frampton and Tony Bellew for events in the past couple of years.

But Shepherd, who broke the world record for the amount of push ups in one hour in 2016, although his record has since been beaten, said: “I have just done some massive events with Marvin Hagler and some other really big names.

"But they were [boxing stars] from the past era whereas, to be honest, these two are a lot more relevant and they have both been linked with coming out of retirement again recently.”