Ricky Hatton said he's not seeking out easy fights as he confirmed a bout with Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton's comeback fight against the Ukrainian will take place at the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 24th.
The 33-year-old, whose last fight was a bruising defeat by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009, announced his return to the ring earlier this month.
Senchenko, who is 35 and a former world welterweight champion, suffered his first career loss in his last fight when he was beaten by Paulie Malignaggi.
Hatton said: "I always said from the start I wanted to fight someone who was world-ranked and known. There were certain opponents mentioned, people like Michael Katsidis and people were excited about him coming, and people such as that, but I think this is a better opponent and I say that with the greatest respect.
"Who knows, they could be further down the line, but for my first fight back, to fight a former world champion, a world-ranked opponent, I think it speaks volumes for what I'm all about.
"I've never made things easy for myself, I never shirk the best. People said I might want to have an easy one to get my eye back in, but that's not me."
"He was a decorated amateur, a world champion, he lost his last fight against Paulie Malignaggi, he was stopped due to an injury. The injury happened early on and he was later stopped due to it.
"That's the only blemish, he's going to want to come back stronger, I have been matched with him at his most dangerous, when he wants to bounce back, the same as me.
"I like to think fight fans will give me credit for who I have picked.
"I'm not feeling any nerves, the fight is still several weeks away and I'm just booming with excitement. I assume when the fight comes I will feel differently but the nerves make you sharper.
"I am happy with the way my training camp is going. My trainer says I am looking good and rolling back the years, I don't expect anyone to believe me and I am looking forward to proving to people what I have got."