Rising Super-Featherweight stars Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock Jr are on a collision course for a future match-up, but Frank Warren says the fight needs to build.
Barrett (19-0, 12 KOs) picked up the English Title in October, while Woodstock (10-0, 5 KOs) won the WBO European belt on the same night in Leeds.
Speaking on the latest BoxNation Podcast, Warren admitted that for now, Woodstock is still a few fights behind his Manchester rival.
"Maybe by the end of the year. It certainly won't happen before then. Lyon's a little behind him [Barrett] fight wise," he said.
Both boxers had an impressive 2017, with Barrett racking up five wins and his first professional title to reaffirm his status as one of the most exciting prospects in the country.
Woodstock lifted two belts in successive victories over Paul Holt and Craig Poxton. The clash with Poxton was a contender for Fight of the Year, and Woodstock showed real grit over 10 thrilling rounds.
Steve Lillis believes this is a bout that should be allowed to marinate, to ensure a big prize is on the line: "I'd much rather the fight in 2019, maybe 2020. It's all about being the right fight at the right time for both fighters.
"A loss isn't the end of the world," he continued. "The loser of that could be built back up. I'd rather see the fight happen when they're both on top dollar.
"It'll gradually become bigger the rivalry over the next 12 months, so perhaps in 12 months' time it'll be impossible to ignore. If you did it now, what money would there be for them both? They both deserve to be well paid," argued Lillis.
Also on the latest BoxNation Podcast, Peter Fury talks about his split from Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes analyses Sho Kimura.