Amir Khan could face a British homecoming fight against Australian warrior Michael Katsidis this spring.
Khan's American promoters Golden Boy were lining-up Zab Judah for the WBA light welterweight champion following his thrilling victory over Argentine knockout specialist Marco Maidana last month in Las Vegas.
However, 'Super' Judah has taken himself out of the running to face Khan next after winning a purse bid to fight South African contender Kaizer Mabuza for the vacant IBF title in Newark, New Jersey.
Katsidis, who stopped Kevin Mitchell and Graham Earl on his two previous visits to England, suffered his third defeat in 30 fights when Juan Manuel Marquez climbed off the canvas to secure a ninth round stoppage in November.
"'I believe that Katsidis-Khan is a fight that would absolutely fill anywhere in England, and that's a fight that would be watched all over the world, and it makes a great fight," said the 30-year-old's trainer and manager Brendon Smith.
"Michael is two out of two in England, and whether Amir Khan takes that into consideration and whether he wants to try and square up for the Pommies... he may have his own agenda."