Kell Brook's camp are targeting a June bout against Amir Khan after the former retained his IBF welterweight title with a comfortable victory over Jo Jo Dan at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night (March 28).
Sheffield favourite Brook, fighting for the first time since being stabbed in the leg while holidaying in Tenerife in September 2014, was cheered on by a raucous home crowd and dominated against the mandatory challenger who withstood a number of big shots before retiring on his stool prior to the start of round five.
Although southpaw Dan was expected to provide a stern test, he was far too open from the first bell and simply had no answer to Brook's fearsome right hand.
The Romanian was knocked down twice in round two yet showed admirable resilience to come back on both occasions. He managed to remain on his feet throughout the third and attempted to slow his opponent's pace with a number of holds designed to make the contest as scrappy as possible.
To his credit, Dan started the fourth round brightly and even managed to land a couple of punches of his own before again succumbing to Brook's power.
Yet another knockdown at the bell ultimately proved his undoing and Dan's corner reacted by rightly conceding defeat rather than watch their fighter take anymore needless heavy punishment.
Talk of a potential big payday against the winner of May's super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had already been mooted for Brook prior to his comeback, yet promoter Eddie Hearn left no doubt as to exactly who is being courted as the unbeaten welterweight's next opponent.
"There's a venue available on June 13. If Amir Khan is watching give everyone what they want," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after watching Brook cruise to the 34th victory of his professional career.
"He doesn't have an opponent and he is talking about fighting boxers lower than Kell. It's the biggest pay day available and it's for a world title."
Brook then issued his own challenge to fellow Briton Khan and showed his obvious delight at finally being back in the ring after such a difficult seven months.
"If you're watching Amir Khan, then get in here with me. I know you're delicate around the whiskers," he said.
"I've come from a council estate, now I'm world champion and defending my title. I've made it. I've come from the bottom and I'm at the top. I didn't think I would walk again, never mind box again. Now I'm here defending my title."
Khan, who last fought in an impressive victory over American Devon Alexander in December, took to Twitter to congratulate Brook after the fight but neglected to give any hint over whether he would be willing to answer the call this year.
"Well done Kell nice to see you back in the ring #EasyWork," he posted before predictably receiving a number of curt replies instructing him to give Brook he what he wanted.