British fighters Richard Riakporhe and Chris Billam-Smith can both look forward to competing for world titles in 2023.
But they will have to do well in their other battles.
Billam-Smith boxes for Armend Xhoxhaj on December 17, remain Sky Sportswhile Riakporhe will be boxing at the beginning of the new year.
London’s Riakporhe is well placed to face WBC champion Ilunga Makabu.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaimain said Sky Sports: “Of course, he [Riakporhe] he is a great fighter, he has come to earth and I believe we will be hearing from him.
“We have been in contact with BOXXER and it seems to be real. Ilunga Makabu has [mandatory] security is planned for next year. But at any time he could freely fight [against Riakporhe] and I will be looking forward to that new hope. “
Arsen Goulamirian holds the WBA cruiserweight title and his team is already eyeing a possible fight with Riakporhe or Billam-Smith.
Yohan Zaoui, who represents Goulamirian said Sky Sports: “After three years without fighting, Arsen has proven that he is a true professional [beating Aleksei Egorov last month] and he will be strong in the next battle. He is ready to fight anyone and prove that he is the best cruiserweight in the world.
“A fight with Billam-Smith or Riakporhe would be dangerous and exciting for all boxing fans. I had a very good feeling with Ben Shalom, I will be happy to work with him in this fight,” he continued.
“In any case, Arsen will fight next March.”
Ben Shalom of BOXXER is promoting both Britons and said: “Billam-Smith and Riakporhe will both fight for world titles.
“This is going to be a big year for cruiserweights. Richard’s out in January, Billam-Smith’s December title. Hopefully we’ll see Lawrence Okolie come back.
“It’s a big year for sailors. Jai Opetaia [the IBF champion] he also wants to fight in the UK. Goulamirian says. I believe we will see an explosive cruiserweight division next year. “