Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson, believes his boxer will eventually become the top American boxer in the weight class.
At the moment, many view Deontay Wilder as the top heavyweight in America.
The former WBC world champion was knocked out in eleven rounds last October, in a sensational trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.
Arum admits Wilder is still fully capable of beating anyone in the weight class - but also feels Anderson (11-0, 11 KOs) will be ready to beat the dangerous puncher by the end of the year.
"Wilder is a terrific talent. He hits like a mule, as Tyson would attest to. Pretty much anybody in the heavyweight division would lose to Wilder," Arum told Sky Sports.
"The one guy who will be equipped to beat him, by the end of this year, is Anderson. I would be prepared to discuss a potential Wilder vs Anderson fight by the end of this year. We are grooming him to be the next heavyweight champion after Fury."
Fury has sparred with the 22-year-old Anderson - and he backs the young boxer to one day become the eventual ruler of the division.
Arum agrees with Fury's take on Anderson.
Once Fury walks away from the sport, Arum expects Anderson to take over the heavyweight throne.
"Yes, that's what I really believe he will be," Arum said. "When Fury hangs up the gloves, Jared will be in pole position to become the next great heavyweight.
"Mike Tyson was a tremendous puncher who didn't show much boxing ability. Jared has shown boxing ability and power. He reminds me more of a young Muhammad Ali than a young Mike Tyson."