If Carl Frampton comes through his fight unscathed on Saturday night, a legacy-defining world title challenge awaits him.
The 33-year-old is already a two-weight world champion, but could become Ireland’s first three-division ruler if he can conquer Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight belt.
Frampton will try to make history by beating Herring
First though, he faces late-replacement opponent Darren Traynor in a bout which will be live on talkSPORT.
Herring is also booked for a defence against Jonathan Oquendo next month. Both men must win to set up a November showdown.
US promoter Bob Arum explained: “Jamel Herring will defend his title against Jonathan Oquendo on September 5th.
“If Jamel is successful and if Carl Frampton is successful on Saturday, I have a date picked out in November when they’ll fight for the title.
Traynor wants to shock the boxing world
“That’s done. Everybody’s on board.
“One thing I can’t control is the virus, but we’re gonna do that fight in November.
“It may well be another ‘bubble’ fight, with no fans, and we’ll have to get Carl over to the States to do it.
“But if both guys win these interim fights, you can count on a world title fight between Herring and Frampton in November.”
Frampton has to stay focussed on the job at hand
The pair will both be heavy favourites to come through their respective bouts, but Frampton’s UK promoter Frank Warren warned against complacency.
Warren told the talkSPORT Breakfast: “Steve Robinson came in as a last-minute replacement, everybody thought it was just gonna be a formality.
“Not only did he win the world title, he went on and defended it, become one of Britain’s most successful featherweights over the years.
“Anything can happen, obviously you’ve got an opportunity haven’t you?
“Carl’s been training for a different style, so anything can happen. We’ve seen what’s happened over the years.”
Frampton vs Traynor is live at 9pm on talkSPORT2 this Saturday and will be simulcast across the network after 10pm