Intoxicated by a successful first defence of Darren McDermott's Midland Area title, manager Dean Powell hasn't ruled out an eventual meeting with the supremely talented Carl Froch.
McDermott's nine-round onslaught against Michael Monaghan last Thursday reaped rich dividends as the experienced middleweight was forced to retire on his stool prior to the final stanza.
It was undoubtedly McDermott's most polished performance yet and added weigh to his growing reputation as a serious contender on the domestic scene.
Monaghan has traded blows in the past with top-ten Middleweights such as Wayne Elcock, Matthew Macklin and Gary Lockett and is convinced that McDermott is now ready to step up to British title class.
With a manager as well connected as Powell - he is Frank Warren's matchmaker - acquiring title fights of substance shouldn't prove problematic.
While Powell has kept his protege on a tight leash thus far during his career, it appears as though he is finally prepared to loosen the shackles.
"Darren was very impressive and picked the pace up as the fight went on, which pleased me," purred Powell.
"Monaghan had plenty of notice for this fight and Darren needs another step up. There are good fights out there with Steve Bendall and Wayne Elcock.
"Eventually there could even be a big fight out there with Carl Froch. Who knows? Darren has got potential and he is learning all the time."
McDermott was also in bullish mood after his success with confidence coursing through his veins.
Having disposed of Andy Halder and Monaghan in his two title fights at an increasingly vocal Dudley Town Hall, he is prepared to take another giant leap forward.
"I asked Monaghan what he thought of my performance after the fight and he insisted I should be fighting against the top guys in the country," said the garrulous McDermott.
"I have got to give him respect for that and you can't buy the experience I gleaned from that fight.
"It was a case of digging deep in the trenches but I now know I can finish off a ten-round fight if I need to."
McDermott's authoritative jab shook Monaghan with its accuracy and power and is a weapon that visibly wears opponents down.
He also possesses a mean left hook, but is adamant that his punishing jab is the way to unlock the door to future success.
"My trainer, Ronnie Brown told me that if I hit a brick wall with a sledgehammer, I might knock a brick out.
"If you keep chipping away with a lumphammer eventually you will knock the whole wall down."