Further world title opportunities await Darren Barker following the British middleweight's gallant challenge for Sergio Martinez's WBC Diamond championship, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Barker suffered his first career loss at the hands of Mexican superstar Martinez in Atlantic City last weekend, but the manner of his performance served to establish the Essex fighter on the world stage.
Fluid boxing behind the jab had Barker well in the contest at the halfway stage, before Martinez upped the pace and stopped his opponent with a crunching right hook behind the guard in round 11.
Putting Barker in with a fighter placed prominently in the sport's feted pound-for pound rankings was viewed as a huge risk, but Hearn's faith in his charge has been vindicated with Australia's Daniel Geale and Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr - respective holders of the IBF and WBC straps - are both interested in a 2012 showdown.
"I know how good Barker is, and I knew even if he lost he would come out of it smelling of roses and that's exactly what happened," he said.
"Now we've had two offers for a world title fight for Barker (from) Geale and we're talking to Chavez as well. That's possibly Geale in London and maybe Chavez in Mexico.
"These are just people contacting us saying 'would you, how much?', but automatically we're now in a great position."
And despite falling short against the middleweight division's premier operator, Hearn is backing Barker to overcome the best of the rest.
He added: "I don't think there's another middleweight in the world that would have beaten him in the Martinez fight.
"Geale I feel would be comfortable, Chavez would be comfortable. (WBO champion Felix) Sturm would be tough because he's quite strong and can bang, but I feel Darren could outbox him totally."Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Darren Barker , Daniel Geale