While Matthew Macklin may have failed to reach an agreement with super-promoter Frank Warren, the Birmingham middleweight is adamant that this will be his year.
Talks with Warren broke down over a dispute regarding a proposed two-year deal. The Small Heath fighter said: "I wanted a one-year deal because I didn't want to tie myself down. Things can change quickly in Boxing and I want to keep my options open."
And the self-managed fighter's prospects look increasingly bright this year.
Macklin revealed he has also been in discussions about a possible deal with Barry Hearn and is eyeing a shot at the British title at either middleweight or light-middleweight following seven straight victories, including an impressive first round stoppage of Russian champion Alexey Chirkov.
His first fight this year will be at New York's prestigious Madison Square Garden against experienced American Patrick Coleman (29-12), a fight he hopes will act as a springboard to bigger contests.
"He's only been stopped twice and, at his best he lost a split decision to (former world champion) Buddy McGirt so he's going to be clever," Macklin said. "He'll be a good name to have on my record once I beat him."
Following this, Macklin has revealed his new year's resolution: to win the Lonsdale belt outright at either middleweight or light-middleweight.
Macklin, aged 23, said: "I've twice had discussions with Jamie Moore (current British middleweight champion) but no arrangement has been made yet. I'd ideally like to fight at light-middleweight but if a shot against Scott Dann (British middleweight champion) comes up first I'd take it because I know I'd beat him".
Macklin, the current Irish champion, also revealed that he would ideally like to stage the fight in Birmingham.
"I told both Warren and Hearn that rather than being promoted just in Sheffield and Glasgow, I was clear that I wanted to fight in Birmingham".
The timing for such a high-profile fight couldn't be better as the City's boxing profile is on the rise as the City Council have recently unveiled plans to appoint an Amateur Boxing Development Officer to nurture the next generation of talent - hopefully in time for the 2012 Olympics.
It is hoped that youngsters will be encouraged to emulate the exploits of Birmingham's Khalid Saeed who won Gold at last year's U-17 World Cadet Championships in Liverpool.
Brian Stocks, director of Birmingham's task force for the 2012 games said: "We believe this appointment will not only help our Olympic hopefuls but will also create a sporting opportunity for all."
The initiative could help discourage juvenile crime and promote a healthier lifestyle. Stocks added: "Boxing with its high level of discipline, is an excellent sport."