Kell Brook will be aiming to become a two-weight world champion in the coming year after ditching any attempts to make it back down to welterweight.
‘The Special One’ saw his reign as 147 pound title-holder come to an end in 2017 when Errol Spence flew across the Atlantic to take his coveted IBF strap.
After contemplating one more contest at the lower limit against Amir Khan, the collapse of any real talks meant Brook had no other place to go than north.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, a debut at 154 is now on the cards for Brook, who is looking to return to action in the first half of 2018.
Two bruising losses against Gennady Golovkin and Spence, in which Brook suffered broken cheekbones on either side of his face, have led to an extended spell outside the ropes for the Yorkshireman.
Brook is almost ready for a full camp having been in and around the gym in recent weeks, with an assault on the super-welterweight rankings imminent.
Current rulers at the weight include Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo and Jarrett Hurd, all of whom have a fearsome reputation.
Avoiding any big punchers, like Charlo or Hurd, could be the other of the day, whilst WBA ‘regular’ champion Brian Castano could potentially be a target.
There’s also the winner of a future vacant WBO title bout between Liam Smith and number one ranked Magomed Kurbonov in 2018, lifting the possibility of an all-UK championship bout in the summer.
All would depend on Hearn and promotional rival Frank Warren coming to an agreement in the coming months once Brook shakes off the ring rust and Smith regains his old belt.