Shohjahon Ergashev will show whether he is a pretender or contender on Friday when he stars on BoxNation, live from Kansas Star Arena.
The unbeaten Uzbek Super-Lghtweight, who has knocked out 14 of his 15 opponents, faces another boxer with a 100% professional record in Mykal Fox.
In 2018, Ergashev started to show he is for real and promoter Dmitriy Salita claims he is one of the hardest punchers in boxing.
Ergashev and Fox might be southpaws, but that is where the similarities ends.
Fox, who stands 6ft 3 1/2in, is the polar opposite of Ergashev in both style and stature, going into the fight with a six inch reach advantage over his opponent.
Ergashev might have been rolling opponents over, but for Maryland’s Fox skills have paid the bills with just 5 of his 19 wins coming before the final bell.
Ergashev, 27, has already burst the bubble of one prospect after hammering world ranked 18-0 Sonny Fredrickson inside three rounds in January 2018.
He is now world ranked. The WBA rate him fifth for their crown held by Kiryl Relikh, while the IBF have him at number 11 for Ivan Baranchyk’s belt.
Fox, 23, can argue that he has the best name on his record in the shape of former WBO Super-Lightweight Champion DeMarcus Corley. But, when they met last year Corley was 44-years-old and suffered his 32nd defeat in 84 fights.
He says: “That was a great performance. That was my first televised fight. Winning that fight definitely helped me get this fight against Shohjahon Ergashev.
“I think it’s a great fight. We’re both undefeated. I think we’ve fought about the same level of competition. This fight is definitely going to be the boxer versus the puncher. It’s going to be a very entertaining fight.”
Ergashev had a 202-14 amateur record, winning four National Titles and boxing in major tournaments.
Again Fox is at the opposite end of the spectrum losing more fights than he won in the amateurs, although he did win local Golden Gloves events.
Fox knows his punching power isn’t top drawer, but if his skills can keep him on the outside Ergashev faces a long night, even if many expect his strength to tell.