Matthew Macklin will be making his debut in the legendary Madison Square Garden tonight but his thoughts will be thousands of miles away in Melbourne.
The talented 23-year-old middleweight has linked up with new manager Brian Peters and his first bout under Peters has him sharing top billing with John Duddy at the illustrious venue.
Chris Troupe is his opponent in New York and a successful evening's work will see Macklin contest the British title against Jamie Moore in May.
However, Birmingham's hottest prospect will be rooting for the Second City's two young talents who are hoping to bring a medal back from the Commonwealth Games.
Frankie Gavin (Hall Green ABC) and Don Broadhurst (Aston ABC) were part of the opening ceremony in Melbourne yesterday.
Southpaw Gavin will campaign at lightweight and is the successor to Amir Khan whereas big-punching Broad-hurst will operate at flyweight.
Macklin said: "I know Frankie and Don very well and I think both will get gold medals. I am not just saying that and 'bigging' them up because they are Brummies. I genuinely believe that.
"It will take someone good to beat both of them. Even though it is the Commonwealth Games and a prestigious tournament it isn't as hard as the tournaments with the other European nations such as the Russians or Ukrainians.
"They are harder and both lads have been successful in Europe. You might get a good Canadian, African or another British fighter. There are always exceptions but, generally, it is an easier tournament.
"These lads have won gold medals at other tournaments and are both very experienced. Even though they are young they have boxed at world and European championships."
Macklin's glittering amateur career saw him turn professional at 18 but hand injuries and one defeat meant he parted company with Frank Warren. Nevertheless, 16 wins in 17 bouts are not to be sniffed at. His efforts have finally bought him recognition as the BBBC have made him mandatory challenger for Moore's British belt at light-middleweight. Yet Macklin is convinced that bout is only a stepping stone to stardom, saying: "That's a fight an awful lot of people want to see. Some people might think I'm the underdog but that suits me fine."
Peters also plans on fulfilling one of Macklin's ambitions by handing him a bout in Birmingham.