Halton champ Robin Reid is planning a ring comeback with British and Commonwealth titles firmly in his sights.
The 35-year-old former WBC Super-middleweight champion looked like a spent force when he was stopped for the first time in his 44-fight pro career by Jeff Lacy in Florida last August.
Experts believed Reid had hung up his gloves for the last time.
But now he is back in training in Brian Hughes' Manchester gym and seeking a deal with a promoter which will see him back in the ring before the end of the year.
However, Hughes plans to ease the former Olympic Bronze medallist back into the thick of it cautiously.
The trainer, who has guided Reid's fortunes for the past nine years, said: 'I want to get him a couple of eight rounders before he starts thinking about title fights, but Robbie definitely wants to fight on.
'I need to see if there is anything left, because it is a bit like having a footballer coming back from a long-term injury.
'Personally, I think he can still raise himself and win the British title. If he didn't box again it wouldn't bother him, but he wants to do it.
'He is ticking over right now and as soon as he gets something concrete, he will start putting in the extra effort.'
If Reid does have anything left, a bout with Carl 'Ciobra' Froch could be on the cards.
Froch won the British title in 2003 and added the Commonwealth belt the following year.
His most recent defence was last month's 11th round KO of Ulsterman Brian Magee, who was outpointed by Reid in 2004.