Chris Eubank Jr has warned that his "speed and volume punching" would overwhelm Gennadiy Golovkin, the champion he is targeting.
Eubank Jr missed out on challenging for Golovkin's world middleweight championship in 2016 but wants to resurrect that rivalry and inflict a damaging defeat on him.
"He is the No 1 name on my list right now," Eubank Jr exclusively revealed to Sky Sports.
Golovkin has never been on the floor but Eubank Jr believes he could change that: "That's the plan. I don't like to give predictions but I am the type of fighter who tries to stop his man every time, and that's why I'm such a fan favourite. People know I do the business.
"With my fight style - speed and volume punching - it would be an amazing fight. Golovkin is a come-forward fighter. It would be fireworks, a fight that the fans would enjoy.
"Because of my style, I would stop him due to the pure amount of punches. Whether it's a cut or he gets tired, stopping him would definitely be on the cards."
Eubank Jr's previous fight was a victorious US debut, albeit bizarrely as Matt Korobov injured himself early. He insists that beating Golovkin would be the major statement he is seeking.
"That's what we are looking to do, especially now that we are boxing in America in front of audiences that maybe haven't watched me as much, is to make big big statements," he said. "To do that you have to fight the big names."
Billy Joe Saunders, who ended Eubank Jr's unbeaten record, had beaten Callum Smith in the race to face Canelo after protracted negotiations.
"They are waiting around for scraps," Eubank Jr said of his British rivals.
"I would never put my career on hold for anybody.
"There are too many belts, too many other great fights, that can be made.
"Canelo is young with a huge fan-base and will continue fighting so there is no need to stall your career for him. If anything, being active is the best way to fight him because the more wins you have, people will say: 'Let's see what you can do'. Being active is the best option."
Eubank Jr said about Saunders and Smith: "They say they were [negotiating] - I don't think either actually wants to fight Canelo. They may want a pay-day but they don't want to fight.
"Each of their previous performances were terrible so there's no doubt in my mind that Canelo would stop them both."