Light welterweight kingpin Danny Garcia is hoping to set up a unification clash with IBF champion Lamont Peterson later this year.
The reigning WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine world champion takes on Rod Salka this Saturday night, live on BoxNation, and aims to come through the challenge unscathed so he can set up a mouth-watering showdown with Peterson.
The Washington native Peterson is also set to appear on the bill at the Barclays Center in New York this weekend, with Garcia aware victory for both is likely to see them in opposite corners next time around.
“At the end of the day, it's what I want [a fight with Peterson] because I can say what I want, but you know, right now, I've got August 9, so I can't look past anybody,” said Garcia.
“The same with Lamont Peterson, he can't look past Edgar Santana. At the end of the day, we've both got to get these victories and at the end of the year or the beginning of next year we could do a unification bout,” he said.
The 26-year-old Garcia has taken some flak at his choice of opponent this time around as he steps in with the unheralded Salka, who has a record of 19 wins with three defeats.