Amir Khan admits missing out facing Floyd Mayweather has been "a little bit of setback" in his career as he considers his options over who to fight next.
The British boxer thought he had sealed a showdown with the man currently judged the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world when he signed a contract, only for 'Money' to instead do a deal to face Marcos Maidana.
Having turned down a chance to go for a world title against Devon Alexander at the end of last year in the hope of meeting Mayweather, Khan now finds himself somewhat in limbo.
"It's a little bit of a setback for me," " the 27-year-old - who fought just once, beating Julio Diaz, in 2013 - told Sky Sports' Ringside show.
"Not taking the Alexander fight... I do regret it a little bit now. That would've probably put me in a better position because I would have been a world champion and on top of that I would have had a good win, rather than being out of the game for such a long time.
"But I'm looking now at other options, other opponents. I've got a meeting with Golden Boy in the next seven to 10 days, hopefully then we will announce something.
"I want to keep myself busy really. Taking 10 to 12 months out of the ring is not the best thing to do at this stage.
"But I want to be back up there fighting for world titles, fighting the top names in the welterweight division."
A name seemingly in the frame is that of Adrien Broner, a man who not only lost his WBA welterweight title but also his perfect record when he was out-pointed by Argentine Maidana last December.
"A few names have been put to me - even someone like Broner would be a great fight for me," Khan continued during the telephone interview.
"The fight would probably be in America and possibly be on a Floyd card as well. But I have a contract with Showtime, so I have my own television deal in the US.
"More than likely the fight will probably be in America. There are a few names, I'm going to sit down with Golden Boy and my team.
"I want to fight the top names in the division - I want to cement my place there."