It feels like Kell Brook has been on the brink of a world title challenge since at least 2010 when he fought the first of five fights that BoxRec records as a title eliminator.
That must surely be a record for a fighter who has not actually fought for a global title, although Brook is still one year shy of Alexander Povetkin's five-year wait between sealing the right to fight Wladimir Klitschko and reluctantly stepping up to the plate.
Despite managing to bring the champion to his native Russia, Povetkin was easily beaten, going down four times and providing clear evidence as to why he was less than eager to face the Ukrainian monolith.
Brook would probably be similarly overmatched if he faced either of the true welterweight kingpins—Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao—but he has no chance of landing those fights in the short term.
We are told by promoter Eddie Hearn, in his column in the Daily Mail, that Brook is guaranteed an IBF title fight against the winner of Shawn Porter versus Paulie Malignaggi, to occur within 90 days of their April 19 match. This time you have to believe it will finally come off.
Brook returned on Saturday against Alvaro Robles, winning in the eighth round when his brave but limited opponent's corner threw in the towel.
That Robles had not fought outside of Mexico before, despite the wealth of American welterweight talent in need of decent opposition, told you all you need to know about his level.
Still, now the real business of 2014 for Kell Brook can begin. Here are five important questions as he approaches the biggest test of his career to date.