Bantamweight contender Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) is looking to make a huge statement on May 25th in Japan, when he faces WBA "regular" champion Jamie McDonnell.
Inoue, who captured world titles in two prior weight classes, wants to become a participant in the World Boxing Super Series tournament - which already flaunts three world champions in Ryan Burnett, Zolani Tete and Emmanuel Rodriguez.
"It looks like an exciting tournament," said Inoue to Boxing Mobile Japan. "If I beat McDonnell, I'll definitely be competing in it."
Burnett holds the WBA's "super title, while Tete has the WBO title around his waist, and Rodriguez recently captured the WBO world title with a dominating performance over Paul Butler.
The executives of the WBSS are eager to add Inoue to the mix.
McDonnell is the biggest and some feel the toughest opponent of Inoue's career.
But the Japanese fighter, who many views as of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, is expecting a dramatic ending. He wants to close the show with a fireworks display - similar to when he jumped up by two weight divisions to blow out veteran Omar Narvaez.
It wasn't easy for Inoue to prepare for fighting someone as tall as McDonnell, but he managed to get things done with international sparring partners.
"It isn't easy to find those kind of fighters in Asia. I didn't have any difficulty fighting them, but it was a new experience. It's the first time that I'm going to face a fighter that tall," Inoue said.
"But it's the same when meeting any fighter for the first time, there's always something new to contend with. I think it'll be similar to the Omar Narvaez fight in terms of intensity. McDonnell is a good opponent to have for my first bantamweight fight. McDonnell is a tough fighter but I want to knock him down with one punch."