Kell Brook will finally get his shot at the IBF welterweight title if he beats Ricky Hatton's conqueror Vyacheslav Senchenko in Sheffield on October 26.
Brook has been confirmed as the mandatory challenger for the winner of Devon Alexander's next defence of the title against Shawn Porter in Texas at the end of November.
The news will end a frustrating period for Brook, who was forced out of a shot at Alexander last year due to injury, but he will take nothing for granted against Senchenko.
Brook said: "It has been a very difficult time for me but the chance is coming back up and I know when I do finally get the chance I will be ready for it.
"But first up I have got to beat the guy who beat Ricky Hatton. I know I can't afford to make any mistakes and I have got to be at my best to beat him."
Alexander decided to defend against Porter after a prospective showdown with Amir Khan was scrapped with the Bolton man eyeing a potential showdown with Floyd Mayweather next year.
Irrespective of Khan's chances of getting in the ring with the unanimously regarded pound-for-pound number one, Brook believes public demand will dictate that a Brook-Khan bout will happen at some point in the future.
"I think it is a fight that needs to be made for the fans," added Brook. "I am determined to take on fights the public want to see and there is no doubt there is a big demand for that fight.
"People have been waiting a long time for it and it would pack out any arena in Britain. We need to get the fight on and I can't wait to put another loss on Khan's record."
Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle has cautioned his charge against complacency, with Senchenko underlining his threat with his one-punch knock-out of Hatton in the ninth round of their fight in November last year.
The Ukrainian has fought once since, a fourth-round stoppage of Carlos Jerez in Donetsk in August, and is clearly up for the challenge of derailing the best-laid plans of another big-name Briton.
Ingle said: "There is no such thing as a routine assignment for Kell. He has had plenty of problems in the past and he has got to put them all behind him.
"Senchenko is a former world champion, he has one loss on his record and he has beaten Ricky Hatton. Anyone who thinks this is a routine fight is very much mistaken.
"But if you want to become world champion you have got to take the chances that come along.
"He could have had an easy fight, he wanted to be tested and this guy is arguably the best kid Kell will have boxed."