As Callum Johnson prepares to return to the ring, the Boston boxer admits he is falling back in love with the sport.
Since turning professional after winning Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland at Delhi 2012, the light heavyweight has had a rough time.
He may be unbeaten as a pro, but a lack of opportunities to showcase his skills left him frustrated and - at one stage - contemplating a career change.
“I wasn’t fighting so I wasn’t motivating myself properly in training,” Johnson admitted.
“I lost my edge and sometimes I asked myself why I was doing this.”
Much of Johnson’s frustration stemmed from his promoter Frank Warren having to cancel a number of shows, leaving him training hard for bouts which failed to materialise.
But with that partnership coming to an end, Johnson is now being managed by his trainer Joe Gallagher.
He will make his ring return at the North Kesteven Sports Centre, North Hykeham, on May 17, on a show promoted by Newark’s Carl Greaves.
“I haven’t fought for a year, and it was a year before that when I had my last fight,” Johnson added.
“I’ve only really been in there once in two years, so this feels like a comeback.
“I’m buzzing once again.
“It’s not hard to pull myself out of bed to go for a run at 6am anymore.
“I’ve got something to focus on and I’m loving it.
“I haven’t been this excited since the six months after turning professional.”