Callum Smith will be in line to fight WBA super-middleweight George Groves in the final of the World Boxing Super Series - if he can beat Juergen Braehmer in Germany next Saturday.
Groves retained his WBA super-middleweight belt on Saturday night, when he defeated Chris Eubank Jr on points in Manchester, to reach the World Boxing Super Series final.
The 29-year-old fought his way to victory with a skilled, professional performance in the ring, however, he remarkably boxed the final round with a dislocated shoulder, so it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for the final.
Before that, Smith heads to Nuremberg where he faces Braehmer in the second semi-final of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.
Despite already knowing that should he come out on top in Germany next weekend, he will face Groves, Smith has paid little attention to his super middleweight rival's success in Manchester.
Nevertheless, he feels a contest between the pair would excite boxing fans.
“We’d have to sit down with Joe and watch a lot more of him. There’s watching someone as a boxing fan but when you’re potentially fighting them you watch them a little bit different," Smith told Boxing News.
"He’s good, he’s dangerous, he’s got a good jab. He’s very heavy handed, he’s got good movement.”
“He’s got vulnerabilities. If you hit him, he shows he can be hurt,” Smith also reckoned. He believes his advantages are resilience and stamina.
“He’s a big super-middleweight but I don’t think he has that size advantage over me. It’s a completely different match up, me v him.
“As a potential opponent, I’m looking forward to it, but even regardless of that I do think he is a good fighter. I think hats off to the World Boxing Super Series, it has put the best v the best in both weight categories. There should be more of it boxing.”
Of course, Smith must first negotiate the former two-time world champion Braehmer.
The 39-year-old has suffered just three defeats from 52 professional fights and up until the Super Series, had been most recently fighting at light-heavyweight.
A potentially tricky opponent who, if underestimated, could quite easily scupper any chance of a Groves vs Smith final showdown.News Now - Sport News