Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted that a future fight with Luis Ortiz could be on the cards, if the Cuban is able to beat Malik Scott on Saturday.
A win for Ortiz during the weekend would greatly enhance his credentials and would essentially pave the way for a potential fight with IBF Champion Anthony Joshua.
Hearn has already orchestrated the Brit's next two fights, but Oritz could be next in line.
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The first is against Eric Molina at Manchester Arena on December 10 for the IBF title, while the other is against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA 'super' title, set to take place next spring.
A win against Scott would confirm "King Kong" Oritz as the mandatory challenger for the new WBA 'super' title and Hearn believes that the Joshua-Oritz clash could be around "10-12 months down the line".
"That is one of the reason's we decided to work with him," stated Hearn. "He's one of the top heavyweights in the world and one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world.
"Joshua is going to want meet all these guys and Luis Ortiz is no exception.
"He is ranked No 1 by the WBA and it's likely that he will become the mandatory after Joshua-Klitschko and he's now highly ranked in the IBF as well.
"I've spoken to AJ about him and he wants to fight all the top guys, and he considers Ortiz to be one of the very top guys in the division."
Asked about a timescale for the potential fight, Hearn replied: "We are talking about potentially 10 to 12 months down the line.
"Anthony has got to fight Eric Molina first then Wladimir Klitschko and get through those two fights - and they are tough fights especially Klitschko - then Oritz fight could be out there."
The promoter concluded by saying: "We are trying to build Anthony Joshua in America and we are looking to build Oritz in America, Europe all over the world."
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