Kell Brook believes he is ready to face the biggest names in the welterweight division after producing a scintillating performance to stop Vyacheslav Senchenko in just four rounds.
The 27-year-old took out his frustration on the Ukrainian with a ruthless display and he is now in line to for a shot at the IBF welterweight title currently held by Devon Alexander.
The American will defend his title against Shawn Porter in November and Brook should finally get the chance to challenge for the IBF strap after injury prevented him from facing Alexander earlier this year.
Brook demonstrated his wonderful boxing skills in front of an expectant home crowd in Sheffield and capped the performance by knocking out Senchenko who had only previously suffered defeat at the hands of Paulie Malignaggi.
Now 'The Special One' believes he can mix it with the very best in the world, calling out long-time rival Amir Khan and multiple weight world champion Adrien Broner.
"I've arrived," Brook told Sky Sports. "I want Broner. I want Khan. I want the massive fights. I don't want to leave boxing without being in with the top guys in my division.
"I'm excited about all the possible opponents. We have history with Devon. The Khan talk has been going on a while and this new kid, Broner, who talks trash and pretends to be something he isn't; he can also get it."
KO King Wilder Ready to End Klitschko Reign
Deontay Wilder believes he is finally ready to challenge for world honours after recording his 30th consecutive knockout victory over Nicolai Firtha on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old American is yet to be tested and many have questioned whether he will be able to mix it at world level as he continues to blow away opponents.
Firtha was on the canvas three times before the knockout came in the fourth round when a huge right hand connected with Firtha and the veteran heavyweight was unable to continue.
Wilder is yet to go beyond four rounds and he is now targeting a world title showdown in early 2014.
"I'm thinking early-to-mid next year [for a world title shot]," he told BoxNation. "We're trying to line it up now. At the moment I'm ranked No 3 by the WBC so we're in planning right now.
"I'll fight whoever they put in front of me. Everybody has weaknesses - the Klitschko's have weaknesses as well too. It's just up to fighters to find them when they're in the ring.
"It's always shorter fighters fighting them - that's one thing I don't understand - but when the shorter fighters are in the ring with them their whole objective is to get in the inside and try and throw overhands. You can't just have one plan when going in with them.
"Deontay Wilder is the next heavyweight champion of the world - the next undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I feel the heavyweight division will be restored, these things move in cycles."
Hopkins Shows Age is no Barrier as he Dominates Murat
Bernard Hopkins may be fast approaching half a century but the veteran American once again proved his class in a one-sided encounter with Karo Murat.
The 48-year-old was a class above and continues to dominate his opponents with a mixture of wonderful defensive work, crisp counters and wily ring skills.
Murat was barely able to land a meaningful blow and Hopkins was close to capping a wonderful display with a stoppage in the 12th round as he landed several heavy blows but the German held on.
Hopkins has been supreme at light heavyweight and you wonder just who will actually be able to dethrone the IBF champion.
British Boxing in Safe Hands as Joshua and Smith Excel
It is an exciting time for British boxing with a number of good young fighters starting to show their potential. The likes of James DeGale, Lee Selby and Carl Frampton are all closing in on world title opportunities while Kal Yafai, Luke Campbell and Anthony Ogogo are all exciting prospects.
But on Saturday night there was a chance for heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua and the extremely skilled super-middleweight Callum Smith to demonstrate their potential.
Joshua has pressure on his broad shoulders after winning gold at the London Olympics but is a level headed fighter who showed his power by stopping Paul Butlin in just two rounds.
Butin had only lost on points to Dereck Chisora in their eight-round contest back in 2009 but he was unable to deal with the sheer power of Joshua who worked beautifully behind his jab.
There is no need to rush the 24-year-old from Watford but he will want to keep active as he seeks to adjust to life in the professional ranks.
While Joshua is only just beginning his career, Smith has enjoyed an incredible 11 months since turning pro. After eight wins, and six first round stoppages, he was given his biggest test to date against Ruben Eduardo Acosta.
The Argentine had only twice been stopped in his 41 fight career but Smith showed exactly why many people are talking about the Liverpudlian being a future world champion.
Smith, whose three brothers are all British champions, produced a brutal body shot in the sixth round which had Acosta sprawling on the canvas in obvious pain.
The 23-year-old is in the infancy of his professional career but it seems we won't have to wait long before he is pushing for opportunities against the best in the super middleweight division.
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