Matthew Hatton has said that he expects to face Amir Khan in a Battle of Britain next year.
IBF and WBA light-welterweight champion Khan plans to begin his welterweight career next year and Hatton is one of his possible challengers.
Hatton takes on the unbeaten Belarussian Andrei Abramenka for the vacant IBF intercontinental welterweight championship at Blackpool’s Tower Circus this Friday night (Aug 19).
It is the Manchester man’s first fight since going down on points to Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez in a WBC light-middleweight title bout in March.
Hatton who has tasted defeat five times in 48 fights said: “I would be absolutely up for the Khan fight, although I don’t look past any opponent.
“I am a firm believer in looking at the next fight and use big fights as the motivation to get the job done.
“I am not afraid to fight the best. I went over to Los Angles and fought Saul Alvarez so if an opportunity arises to take on a great fighter like Amir I would jump at the chance.
“You have to aim for these big fights and I am one of the best welterweights out there right now.”
And Hatton, 30 revealed he could even be defending a world title against his Bolton rival.
He added: “Hatton Promotions are confident they will get me a world title opportunity by the end of the year.
“I would love a crack at WBA title holder Vyacheslav Senchenko or interim champion Ismael El Massoudi.
“Amir says he moving up to welterweight and obviously if I can get hold of a world title it would be a natural – a big fight in this country.”