Fast forward two years and Justis Huni will be fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world.
A little further down the track the current Australian heavyweight title holder will become "the most famous sportsperson this country has ever produced".
That's boxing promoter Dean Lonergan's vision for the prodigiously talented 21-year-old who is 1-0 as a professional. The problem standing in his way?
That would be 190 centimetre, 115 kilogram giant Arsene Fosso (3-0), the 37-year-old Cameroonian now fighting out of Canberra with a world title dream of his own.
Fosso will challenge Huni for the Australian strap in the main event of a National Boxing Series show at Brisbane's Fortitude Music Hall on Thursday night.
Olympic Games gold medal hopeful Huni burst onto the scene six weeks ago in a performance marking the "first time in 120 years that we've seen a boxer come out of the amateurs into a 10-rounder and win the national title".
It's a record Lonergan is sure to make a point of as he maps out a path to the top of a heavyweight division which is perhaps as strong as it was in the glory days of yesteryear.
"If he fulfils the potential we all think he's got, and this is a kid who has got the most amount of opportunity to fulfil that potential, he is going to have the platform laid for him, he has got the drive to get to the top, Justis Huni will become the most famous sportsperson this country has ever produced," Lonergan said.
"It's going to happen in a very short space of time. That's why it's important on Thursday night he makes a statement and does a very good job.
"What we can't afford is to have hiccups along the way. The boys are very confident in their ability. I know [trainer] Garry Hamilton and [promoter] Nick Boutzos are very confident Arsene can pull off an upset. Time will tell.
"We're not in the business of participation, we're here to win. These boys have got lofty goals and I have started conversations overseas that will fast forward us to where we want to be. He has just got to do the job in the short-term.
"Two years down the track we're definitely fighting for the heavyweight title of the world. This is not going to be some long, drawn out process.
"We're on a fast track, and two years from today, I'll be disappointed if we haven't fought for the title or we're about to fight for the title. This is not a guy who is going to have 30 pro fights and then fight for it. We're going for it in 15, 16, 17, or maybe even sooner."
Yet standing in his way is a man with a story like no other, having fled the Commonwealth Games to seek refuge in Canberra, fearing the repercussions that awaited him in Cameroon when he refused to denounce gay athletes on the national team.
Fosso is 17 years Huni's senior, boasting three knockouts in three professional fights. He has a short window to reach the top, and shutting down a highly regarded youngster can put him on the map.
"Arsene is a beast. He is six foot three, 115 kilos, and there is not ounce of fat on him. He is rock hard muscle and I know he hits hard," Lonergan said.
"I've seen him training last time he came up. He was hitting heavy bags, they were hung up on a line of metal, and the whole thing was shaking. I know he hits really hard.
"It's whether Justis' speed can overcome that and avoid the big hits. While I know Justis has got a great chin, you want to hit and not get hit. Arsene is the perfect test right now.
"This will not be an easy fight, this will be a very tough fight. We expect Justis to come through with flying colours and really do some damage."