Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to match hot flyweight prospect Galal Yafai with former world titleholder Sunny Edwards – and possibly by the end of the year.

Yafai (6-0, KOs), a 2020 Olympic gold medallist, has made an impressive start in the pros – and the southpaw from the Birmingham, U.K., fighting family has his seventh bout at the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas on Saturday on DAZN.

Yafai will meet Argentina’s Augustin Gauto (21-1, 15 KOs), but Hearn has other grand plans ahead for his burgeoning star.

“Galal is exceptional, and I’m going to call it out now because of all these great British fights we’ve been seeing – I want Sunny Edwards against Galal Yafai,” Hearn told the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel. “That fight, for me, is one of the best that can be made in Britain.”

For years, there was speculation that Edwards and Galal’s older brother, Khalid Yafai – a former WBA beltholder – might fight. But Hearn still hopes to get a Yafai-Edwards contest over the line.

“It’s a fight that deserves to be for the world title, but I’m not going to hang around and wait for a world title,” Hearn said. “I think Sunny’s going to come back, win a world title. I want to make Sunny against Galal Yafai this year.”

Although Edwards (20-1, 4 KOs) fell for the first time last December, in a unification fight against Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, the 28-year-old stylist is always keen for a big fight. Rodriguez has vacated his flyweight belts to challenge Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC junior bantamweight title in June, so the belts will need to be contested.

“Galal’s going to box this Saturday, April 6,” Hearn said. “He’s going to box in the summer, he’s going to box towards the end of the year, at some point. He has to roll the dice, either for the world championship, or against Sunny Edwards, or against a major name, because he’s good enough. He’s ready. He’s another guy that we talked about earlier, don’t stay stagnant too long. Some people are slow to roll the dice, some are fast to roll the dice. Let’s get the timing right. It’s a good step up for him on Saturday, but I think you’ll see him, again, too good for this opposition.

“Galal Yafai is an Olympic gold medallist, he’s a world champion in waiting, and I need to see him fight for the world title this year – 2024 is the year for him to become world champion, and maybe he has to attempt to do it against Sunny. Maybe he does it against someone else.”