When Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin stepped out of the Commonwealth Games ring after securing a place in tomorrow's lightweight (60kg) boxing final there was just one name on everyone's lips. Amir Khan.
No wonder. Gavin has that same ego-up, hands--low confidence. His hands are fast, his feet light, his mind canny and his punches destructive.
So much so that his semi-final bout against Australian Leonardo Zappavigna lasted a shade less than three of the four scheduled rounds, the referee stopping the fight on the "outclassed" rule when Gavin stormed ahead 27-7 on points.
Rarely has a rule, which comes into force if there is a gulf of 20 points between the fighters before the final round, been more appropriately named. Perhaps they should consider doing the same when Birmingham City trail 7-0 at home.
England coach Terry Edwards is happy with the comparisons with Khan. Gavin is bound for the big-time, he believes.
"Everyone compares him with Amir but he's a class act and he's got a big big future," said Edwards, who must now dye his hair red after striking a bet with Gavin and his team-mates that he would do so if five English boxers reached the final.
The coaching supremo also saw Gavin's fellow Brummie, Don Broadhurst - an Aston Villa fan - advance to a gold medal showdown in the flyweight category. Could Gavin be even better than the Olympic silver medallist?
"He has a lot more international experience than Amir," added Edwards. "I'm not saying he'll go one better, I wouldn't want to put that on him but what I'm saying is that he can deliver.
"Everyone is going to know his name. I promised him back in January he was going to be a superstar."
At 22, Gavin is no raw rookie. He helped prepare Khan in sparring sessions before the Athens Olympics and replaced him in a fight against veteran Cuban superstar Mario Kindelan - the victor in Athens - last year.
He was heavily outpointed but, rather than temper his confidence, the experience only reinforced his resolve to follow in the footprints of Khan.
Subsequently, he took the place of the Bolton fighter in the England team and more than a little of the Khan stardust has begun to stick.
"I spoke to Amir this week and we've stayed in touch," said Gavin who was named England's most improved amateur boxer last year. "I know he's there watching and supporting us.
"We've got a lot of respect for each other; he's a brilliant fighter and I just want to do what he's done, go to the Olympics and get a medal; hopefully, a gold."
But first, there is a little matter of Commonwealth gold to gather against Giovanni Frontin of Mauritius tomorrow in a competition which has been like a blast of pure oxygen for a Games which have produced so many tired performances and easy medals.
Broadhurst, a 31-26 winner over India's Jitender Kumar, faces South African Jackson Van Tonder Chauke.
Other British boxers through to finals include Welshman Kevin Evans, Scotland's Kenny Anderson and Stephen Smith, Jamie Cox, Darran Langley and David Price of England.