Amir Khan survived a second-round knockdown in Birmingham to beat Samuel Vargas on points and put himself in line for a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook.
A fight with Kell Brook remains hotly anticipated and fight fans across the country will be praying it can be made next.
Former IBF welterweight champion Brook, 32, who fought last as junior-middleweight after two knockout defeats and two broken eye sockets, share the same promoter Hearn, who tried to make Khan-Brook in 2016 and past year. Khan's usual speed of hand and foot was evident from the first bell as he caught... Goossen will surely look to bolster his fighter's defence before any meeting with Brook or Pacquiao and with Khan intent on competing again this year, time for preparing for such a step up in opponent is minimal.
Khan, however, seems to prefer a more internationally-appealing scrap with Pacquiao, who he trained with under Freddie Roach. Hopefully I get a good win against Vargas, a spectacular win, then hopefully some big fight at the end of the year, Brook, Pacquiao or whoever, the Olympic silver medalist averred.
'Me and him has been going on for too long.
Vargas always felt he had a punchers chance but that was about it to be honest and Khan rightly had his hand raised after a fight which raised as many questions as it did answers for the future of one of the countries most famous fighters.
"There is only so much we can do; we will listen to the public, we know Amir wants Pacquiao and he will fight Brook".
Hearn has got Cardiff's Principality Stadium provisionally booked for December 1 and 8 but now wants to stage Khan's next fight on December 15 or 22.
He said: 'I need to make sure I don't make my old mistakes again and I will make sure it doesn't [happen again].
But Khan's work rate dipped in the tenth, allowing Vargas to land more punches and finished the round by landing a solid right hook on Khan's chin which turned his legs to jelly. Although Khan showed heart, there was little on show to concern Brook.