Bob Arum has revealed that he is set to discuss the fight between Deontay Wilder and rising American star Jared Anderson by the end of this year.
Wilder is yet to return since his brutal knockout loss to Tyson Fury in his epic third bout in October.
Prospect Anderson, 22, helped Fury, 33, with crucial sparring sessions in both the Brit’s rematch and the trilogy fight.
And Arum – who promotes the Gypsy King – named Anderson as a future rival for Wilder, 36, even through the end of 2022.
He told Sky Sports: “Wilder is a fantastic talent. He hits like a mule, as Tyson will attest.
“Pretty much anyone in the heavyweight division would lose to Wilder.
“The one man who will be equipped to beat him by the end of this year is Anderson.
“I’ll be ready to discuss a potential Wilder vs Anderson fight by the end of this year.
“We’re preparing him to be the next heavyweight champion after Fury.”
Andersen, 22, leads 11-0 by KO and maintained his 100 percent stoppage ratio in a recent win over 29-year-old Oleksandr Teslenko in December.
Arum compared the 6ft 4in heavyweight to Muhammad Ali as well as Mike Tyson and inspired him to become the heir to the current throne of Fury.
The Hall of Fame promoter said: “Yeah, I really believe he’ll be like that.
“When Fury hangs up the gloves, Jared will be in pole position to become the next great heavyweight.
“Mike Tyson was a tremendous puncher who didn’t show much boxing ability. Jared has shown boxing ability and power.
“He reminds me more of a young Muhammad Ali than a young Mike Tyson.”