Dennis Hobson, the man who promoted Ricky Hatton's world title bout in Sheffield, has told Matthew Macklin that he will become a world champion within two years.
Before Hatton chalked up his 40th consecutive victory and added the WBA lightwelterweight belt to his collection by knocking out Carlos Maussa, Macklin opened the show with the most impressive performance of his burgeoning career.
The 23-year-old stopped Alexey Chirkov with a sickening body blow that is a trademark of both his and Hatton's trainer, Billy Graham.
Chirkov boasted a record of only one defeat in 18 bouts before his obliteration at the hands of Macklin.
While his performance barely raised an eyebrow among supporters eagerly anticipating another Hatton masterclass, boxing's inner sanctum were suitably impressed.
Hobson has taken up the cudgels as Hatton's promoter following his acrimonious departure from Frank Warren and, while Macklin could not upstage Hatton, Hobson was left purring at the Birmingham boxer's knock-out performance.
He said: "There is no doubt at all in my mind that Matthew Macklin is well capable of winning a world title inside two years. He is that good.
"His improvement since he lost against Andrew Facey two years ago is now the talk of boxing. There is no doubting that he is a genuine player in this weight division."
Macklin is finally living up to the potential he oozed as an amateur and seems to have solved all of his problems at a stroke.
The Manchester- based middleweight was inactive for long periods as well as being beset by hand injuries but his impressive victory against Chirkov was his fourth fight in the last six months; the fearsome hook that felled the Russian was further proof that Macklin's once fragile fingers are now rock solid.
While he is aware that he needs to continue his rehabilitation under the watchful eye of Graham, the current Irish middleweight champion has his sights set on far bigger prizes.
"I think I could win a world title as well," Macklin said with strong self-belief. "The win against Chirkov was the best display of my career so far and it is only going to get better.
"No fighter wants a defeat on their record but, in my case, I think the loss against Facey has been the making of me.
"No disrespect to anyone I worked with before but it really seems to have clicked for me in Manchester and my improvement is because I am technically far better than I used to be.
"Instead of training like a maniac I have worked on a wider stance and I throw my punches with more weight and far more snap."
Macklin's appearance in Sheffield was his first in England for 18 months after a series of bouts in the United States and Ireland. While he delighted his loyal supporters with a stunning victory, he warned that it could be a long time before we see him box on these shores again.
Macklin said: "I had over 400 people following me in Philadelphia for my last victory and I have built up a good following because of my Irish parentage.
"I appreciate it is very expensive for anyone to come and watch me in the States but it is going very well over there and I am hopeful of fighting the night before St Patrick's Day on the same bill as John Duddy - although not against him. (Certain sections of the press have been trying to build a grudge match between Irishman Duddy and Macklin).
"I intend to split my time in England, Ireland and the USA and Ricky Hatton had some of his early bouts in America; if it is good enough for him, then it is good enough for me.
"My strength is improving all the time and I eat six meals a day but it is all carefully controlled.
"I train with weights a lot more than I used to and I am feeling the benefits, so I hope that a world title chance isn't that far down the line for me if I can keep improving."