Manager Barry McGuigan is adamant that he can deliver a World title fight for Carl Frampton in Belfast early next year – with Kiko Martinez the number one target.
Spaniard Martinez caused an upset at the weekend when he stopped Colombian Jonathan Romero to land the IBF World super-bantamweight title – six months after being knocked out by Belfast man Frampton.
The Jackal, who returns to the ring on October 19 at the Odyssey Arena against IBF number four Jeremy Parodi, is desperate for a re-match with Martinez though first of all he must deal with former champion Jeffrey Mathebula in a mandatory title defence.
Assuming that he proves too hot for 34-year-old Mathebula and Frampton defeats Parodi, the re-match will become a reality according to former world champion McGuigan.
"Kiko's win over Romero just re-inforced my view that Carl will be a world champion and a world champion at two weights," said McGuigan.
"I probably over-estimated Romero but credit to Kiko because he walked through him. Now he's the one that we want and I have already spoken to his people and Mathebula's promoter and both are willing to come to Belfast.
"You can never say anything is certain in boxing but money will not be the issue. We have the financial backing to bring Carl's World title shot to Belfast.
"We can't take our eyes off Parodi because he is coming to Belfast full of confidence that he has the perfect style to beat Carl.
"But if Carl can do the business on October 19 then the next fight should be for the world title whether it is Mathebula or Martinez, hopefully early in 2014.
"Neither Mathebula or Martinez have a big following in South Africa or Spain but we know that Carl is box office and their people know that a fight with either man in Belfast is massive.
"I'm sure Kiko would love to get his revenge on Carl. It was a tough fight the last time but Carl was able to stand up to Kiko and hurt him – Romero couldn't.
"And that's the difference at the very highest level, you have to be able to do damage. Romero was avoiding Carl because he knows how hard he hits and he thought that Kiko would be an easy defence and he got it wrong."
Tickets went on sale yesterday for Frampton's European title defence with Frenchman Parodi and McGuigan insists that the Belfast public are in for another pulsating night of boxing.
He added: "We've had the biggest first day sale of any of Carl's fights. It's double what there was from the Odyssey Box Office for the fight with Martinez back in February.
"People loved the atmosphere last time at the Odyssey, it was electrifying and they could see that Carl is the real deal. Now they want to be part of his journey to the top of world boxing and the fans are going to play a huge part in his success.
"And I can promise them a great show on October 19."