Hopes are growing that Cardiff could host a boxing world title fight in 2013.
Councillor Neil McEvoy, deputy leader of Cardiff council, said talks were continuing with the World Boxing Council (WBC) and promoters to attract a major bout.
It is hoped the fight could be staged at either the Millennium Stadium or Cardiff City Stadium in conjunction with the WBC World Annual Convention.
Coun McEvoy, deputy leader of Cardiff council, led a delegation to Cancun, Mexico, last summer to pitch the Welsh capital as a host city of the convention in 2013.
If successful, it would see up to 1,500 of world boxing’s leading figures – including promoters, fighters and fans – descend on the city.
“The upshot is that fights are made and venues are decided. It would be great to get people like Don King and Oscar De La Hoya in Cardiff to show them what the city has to offer,” Coun McEvoy said.
“We think that if we do get the convention we will be able to get a title fight in the city. We have got a good relationship with the WBC and it’s just a case of continuing that.”
It’s hoped a second delegation can be sent to Las Vegas in December to build on the success of the three-day WBC Night of Champions boxing festival last July.
Coun McEvoy, a former teacher who wants boxing taught at city schools, added: “The ambition is to have Cardiff as the boxing capital of Europe.
“There is already so much history and pedigree in South Wales with the likes of Joe Calzaghe.
“If we can get in the mix for super-fights, with the likes of Amir Khan and the Klitschkos, the eyes of the whole world would be on Cardiff. That can only be beneficial for the whole of Wales.”
David Walker, WBC’s representative in the UK, said he was confident Cardiff would host a world title fight within the next few years.
“There is no better place in the UK than Cardiff as far as I am concerned. In five years’ time Cardiff will be the capital of boxing in Europe,” Mr Walker said.
“People are already talking about it (a title bout) behind the scenes. There will be a world title fight in 2013 – I am absolutely sure of that.”