Ricky Hatton would love a domestic tear-up with Amir Khan or Kell Brook, but knows he has to prove himself before considering such a fight.
The self-styled 'Hitman' has announced that his first bout since ending his retirement would be against Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.
"I want to come back and win world titles. Kell and Amir don't have them yet, but they're world-class fighters," he told Press Association Sport. "Amir has been a world champion and Kell looks like he's going to be one, so absolutely, no doubt (I'd be interested in fighting them)."
The 35-year-old Ukrainian is not the big name fight fans will have been craving, although as a former welterweight world champion, he does proved Hatton with as stern a test as he could have wanted on his return to the ring.
It is hard to imagine, however, that those who had sold out the MEN long before Senchenko was even announced will not be slightly disappointed that he has not chosen to battle one of his fellow Brits, namely former world champion Khan or rising star Brook.
Both of their camps have made positive noises about a showdown with Hatton over recent weeks, but according to the 33-year-old, he has to establish himself as a credible force again before he can give the public what they want.
He added: "People look and say how I've had three years out and have seen better days, but I need to prove that I am worthy of a shot against these people and on November 24 I will do."
Seeing off Senchenko will be no easy task for Hatton, although with a partisan crowd behind him at his favourite arena, he will be widely expected to finish the job. Easier options were available to him in nine weeks' time, but he insists taking a shortcut back to the big time was never a possibility.
"I always said from the start I wanted to fight someone who was world-ranked and known," he said.
"There were certain opponents mentioned, people like Michael Katsidis and people were excited about him coming, and people such as that, but I think this is a better opponent and I say that with the greatest respect."