Shakur Stevenson is on a British destruction mission in 2019 with IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton on his hit list.
The brilliant unbeaten American talent returns to BoxNation on Friday night when he faces Filipino Jessie Cris Rosales at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York.
Southpaw Stevenson, 21, has impressed greatly in nine straight wins since turning professional in April 2017 after winning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.
And despite having had so few professional fights, his team fancy challenging Warrington or Frampton, who met in a December classic that the Leeds man won on points.
Stevenson’s trainer Kay Koroma said: "Right now, I feel like we're running the race to where any given day, we could fight for a World Title.
"2019 – the sky's the limit. Everybody stay tuned, it should be a big year for Shakur. We're looking for the World Title shot – Josh Warrington, Carl Frampton, all those guys. We want to fight them and show everybody we're the real deal.”
There is little doubt that Stevenson is heading for the top and his recent one round win over decent Romanian Viorel Simion is testament to that.
Simion had won 21 of his 23 fights and went the distance against Scott Quigg in his previous bout, but was dropped three times by Stevenson before the slaughter ended.
This week’s rival Rosales has won 22, drawn one, with his sole loss coming two fights ago against former WBC Champion Jhonny Gonzalez.
“This guy might come in there very different, so we prep Shakur for what we've seen of this guy, but also prep him to be shocked and surprised, so he's not really shocked when he gets in the ring,” continued Koroma.
“Rosales is a game guy, a little lanky, a little tall, kind of straightforward. From what I've seen, he throws two significant punches and that's what we're looking for.
“We're not going to underestimate anybody. I saw him lose to the former World Champion, Gonzalez. Maybe he was a little timid and worried about him. I'm thinking he might look at Shakur like, 'This is a kid, I'm not worried about him. I'm stronger than him, I'm bigger than him.'
“But he might respect Shakur, because Shakur is a little bit smarter. The last fight let me know a lot about Shakur. Every fight we've had has let me know, 'Are we jumping too fast? Do we need a jump backwards?' and stuff like that.”
Shakur added: "I just took a week off after my last fight, then went back to sparring and training. Got right back.
”Fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, they were always in the gym. They just never left the gym and they became great. I think I want to follow the same regime.”