Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce is potentially going to land the biggest fight of his pro career, as negotiations continue for a showdown with former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
Joyce and Parker have yet to debut in 2022. Both saw action last year.
In his last fight, Joyce stopped division veteran Carlos Takam, while Parker secured a dominant twelve round unanimous decision win over Derek Chisora.
There is some progress being made, with both sides hoping to reach an agreement.
"It's a massive fight. We're still negotiating it - it's not finalized yet but good progress is being made. It's the biggest fight outside the top four guys fighting. It's the biggest fight on the heavyweight scene right now," said Adam Morallee of SJAM management, who guides the career of Joyce, to Sky Sports.
"We hope we can land it and we hope we can land in the UK for the UK fight fans to watch Joe Joyce continue his ascent to the top of the division."
Both Parker and Joyce are gunning to secure a world title fight - but the current champions are already on schedule for other assignments.
Tyson Fury will make a mandatory defense of his WBC world title against Dillian Whyte on April 23. And IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Oleksandr Usyk will have his rematch with Anthony Joshua on a date in June.
The winners of the two heavyweight fights could be in line to face each other in the fall.
Because Joyce is already next in line for a WBO mandatory crack, the winner of a clash with Parker would secure a title shot in the near future.