Amir Khan's ambition to become a two-weight world title holder is almost certain to mean a fight with Kell Brook takes a backseat until 2019.
The Bolton man signed on for a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn this week, which most thought would guarantee a collision with Brook in the third part of the deal.
Not necessarily so, according to Khan, who wants to fight a warm-up before launching an assault on a world title at the welterweight limit.
With Brook now operating at 154 and set for a debut at the higher limit on March 3, any UK super-fight would potentially be held up by Khan's plans at 147 pounds.
Speaking this week regarding Brook, Khan was cautiously optimistic the pair will get it on at some point, although isn't 100% sure he'll be fully operational in his old weight class.
"Looking at future fights, maybe someone like Kell Brook. I know he has moved up a weight but maybe that fight could happen later on in the year," Khan stated.
"I need to see what weight I am going to feel comfortable. I am still saying I can make 147 lbs but once I put the muscle on and once I go back into training camp - that is when I will get a better understanding what weight I want to fight at.
“I’ll have to see what happens with the weight. If we are both at the same weight then the fight can happen, but also there are other massive fights out there for me.
“Pacquiao, Garcia and Peterson are what we are looking at, but when Eddie and I spoke we talked about Kell Brook being the target,” he added.
Khan, 31, hasn't fought since a huge knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez and will be aiming for a Top 15 opponent for a planned comeback on April 21 in Liverpool.