Hughie Fury could be on course to face Derek Chisora next year as he takes another step towards a shot at a world title.
Fury remained on course for a major heavyweight fight as he put in an impressive performance against Christian Hammer in Newcastle on Saturday.
The German was forced to retire at the end of the fifth round, taking the Stockport fighterâ€™s professional record to 26 wins and three losses.
Furyâ€™s victory leaves him sitting at number four in the WBA rankings, edging him closer to a shot at a world title, and promoter Ben Shalom has backed him to go all the way.
"Hughie Fury can be a world champion," Shalom told Sky Sports.
"Christian Hammer was no joke and I think we saw a Hughie that was landing cleaner shots, that was more confident in himself, more confident in his body, and had more power.
"Whether Christian was injured or not, I'm not sure. He took a lot of shots and I think Hughie hurt him.
"The heavyweight division at the moment is all over the place. It's wide open.
"With Hughie, we're going to look to try and make the Chisora fight early next year. That is what we feel is the next step-up for him."
Shalom also revealed that he had previously held talks with Chisora, who faces Joseph Parker in a rematch at the end of this year.
"We offered Derek the fight," said Shalom. "I think he knows how good Hughie Fury is - and how technical he is.
"I think he really wanted the Parker rematch. That was what he wanted. He didn't want to fight Hughie Fury, but let's see after December, it might be different then."
Chisora would be the first step towards a world title shot as Hughie looks to follow in the footsteps of cousin Tyson Fury.
The winner of Oleksandr Usykâ€™s rematch with Anthony Joshua next year is the long-term target for the 27-year-old as he looks to join his relative at the top of the heavyweight division.
"If that opportunity presented itself, it would be a fantastic thing," said father and trainer Peter Fury.
"He would be doing cartwheels down the road. Not because he's confident of beating Usyk or anything else, it's because it's a world title shot.
"He's just biding his time, and hopefully when the day comes, he'll be ready.
"Anybody offers Hughie a world title, he's taking it with both hands."