Kell Brook moved a step closer to a showdown against Amir Khan after stopping Sergey Rabchenko in the second round of his super-welterweight debut.
The 31-year-old impressed his home supporters at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night as he bounced back from two successive defeats to ruthlessly halt his Belarusian opponent with a big right hand which forced referee Steve Gray to step in.
Brook suffered two career-threatening eye socket injuries when he lost a middleweight title fight against Gennady Golovkin in September 2016 before failing to defend his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr in May.
However, he was delighted with his comeback at a higher weight division and is now looking to get back on the world title trail.
Everyone wants to see a fight between Kell Brook and Amir Khan, we've wanted it for three or four years.Eddie Hearn
"You thought you got rid of me," Brook told Sky Sports. "I'm putting everyone on notice. I'm the 'Terminator' and I'll be back. I'm back now. Another win, I'm putting everyone on notice. I'm here to stay. I love the sport.
"I was in a dark place at Christmas time. To see all these people turn out, get myself in shape, my life could not be any better now and I've not hurt my hand or anything, so I'll get back in the gym.
"It was all about getting my timing right tonight. I just needed to settle down and I was timing these shots I know that buckled him. The temple shot done him. It's all about timing."
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Brook's next fight could be as early as June, while he also confirmed that an eagerly-awaited bout against fellow British fighter Khan is in the pipeline for 'The Special One'.
He said: "Everyone wants to see a fight between Kell Brook and Amir Khan, we've wanted it for three or four years.
"Brook has passed the test and now Amir Khan has to pass his test in Liverpool on 21st April 21. Kell will be ringside for it.
"It is a fight that everyone wants to happen later in 2018, we need to see it. Let's see Khan win first though.
"Kell wants to fight in June next, let's get busy and make up for lost time."
Khan is 1/33 to win his fight against Canadian Phil Lo Greco in April with his opponent priced at 9/1.
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