Former welterweight champion of the world, Kell Brook could be back in the ring this year ahead of what looks to be a certain step up in weight.
Recently returning to the gym to train alongside middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders and friend Kid Galahad, Brook has been tipped for a move to the super-welterweight limit.
A domestic opponent to ease ‘The Special One’ into the new weight seems a no brainer, with a return to his hometown of Sheffield the most likely scenario for Brook moving forward.
This leave a possible clash at 147 with British rival Amir Khan dead in the water as the ex-super-lightweight title holder has already confirmed to WBN he intends to stay in the welterweight category.
Khan v Brook has long been the fight of choice for the UK fans, although recent defeats for both have left the encounter with far less appeal than in previous years.
Brook will now be eyeing up one of the three winners from the October 14 title treble at 154 in 2018 as a trio of world champions prepare to defend their belts in the United States.
Should Brook be able to overcome his eye problems and claim a recognised version of the world crown, it could be possible to entice Khan up the weights by this time next year.
‘King’ Khan will be hoping to become a two-weight world champion by then and potentially be ready for a final career move up in weight himself to aim for a third.
For now, Brook and Khan are set to go their separate ways as the pair plot returns to action and redemption victories in either November or December.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay