Boston light heavyweight Callum Johnson says the focus is back, after admitting he was ‘going potty’ not knowing when he would fight next.
Johnson will return to the ring for his sixth pro fight on March 8, at Liverpool Olympia.
But the Commonwealth Games gold medallist admitted there have been times when he questioned whether he was in the right business over the past year.
“When I get in the ring it will be 10 month since my last fight,” said Johnson, who beat James Tucker last May.
“I’ll be honest, I was going potty thinking about boxing all the time but not knowing what was happening.
“I wondered what I was doing in the game. I was falling out with myself.”
But after being told by his promotion team that he is ready for a ring return - and a possible title fight in 2013 - Johnson says he fully focused once again.
He added: “If you wake up and it’s snowing you want to go back to bed.
“But not when you know there’s a date for you, you’re up, buzzing and ready to go.
“It’s made me realise that boxing’s my life.
“I’m here to be at the top of the game, and I’m not stopping until I get there.”
A mixture of bouts falling through and injury left Johnson out of action for so long.
But he believes that his new business venture - he is setting up a gym in the town - has helped keep him on the right path for the past few months.
Johnson, 27, remains unbeaten since turning professional in late 2010.