Jermaine Franklin has given himself two years to become World Heavyweight Champion.

He showcases his talents on BoxNation when he faces Jerry Forrest in a non-title 10 rounder on Friday (July 12th) when we might see if he is a contender or pretender.

By the time Franklin is nearing the pinnacle of the division it’s likely that top dogs like lineal King Tyson Fury, IBF, WBA and WBO champion Andy Ruiz, WBC title holder Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua may be looking at the finishing post or even retired.

Unbeaten Franklin, 25, said: “My overall goal is to become World Heavyweight Champion and I expect that to happen in the next two years.

“I’m pushing hard, working hard, training hard and I think I am the best upcoming heavyweight in the nation. I don’t think anybody can touch me or stop me from getting to my goal.”

His promoter Dmitriy Salita said: “Jermaine is the best American prospect. With the next win, he’s going to become a contender.

“It’s hard to be big and athletic. He’s very big, and he has very fast hands. His hands are very busy. He’s the perfect size, and he’s going to get stronger and more muscular. Jermaine’s only 25. The perfect Heavyweight is 28, 29 years old.”

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Franklin is 18-0 with 13 KOs, and despite his lofty aspirations the man from Saginaw, Michigan knows he faces a long road towards beating the best.

He made his BoxNation debut in April when he outpointed Rydell Booker, but it was far from his most impressive performance.

He told MLive: “I have got to learn to stay calm because I was a little overanxious and made mistakes I shouldn’t have made.

“I’m a huge critic of me personally. I can fight way better than that. Everybody says I had a good fight, but I know I didn’t. I learned that I have to be patient and stop rushing myself, to look for opportunities and not force opportunities.

“Saginaw is a small community. You either have to work hard for what you want or be lazy. We all learn hard work at a young age. We learn to persevere.

“I don’t care if I’m fighting a World Champion. Mistakes are still mistakes. They’re already corrected.

“But I had a good camp. I’m in real good shape. I’m super fast. I haven’t been this fast in a long time. I’m in a peaceful place, where I can focus on what I’m doing.

“I’m going to show the world - this is not the same guy from the last fight.”