Kell Brook returns to the ring on Saturday night when he faces Sergei Rabchenko as he attempts his road back to glory after successive defeats to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence.
Brook admitted he was in the depths of despair following the two losses, especially the defeat to Spence, where he lost his IBF Welterweight title after being stopped in the 11th round.
However, the Sheffield man is determined to get back to where he believes he belongs and he credits the addition of world champion Billy Joe Saunders to the renowned Ingle gym in his hometown as one of the key drivers to his renewed quest for glory.
Brook says the introduction of Saunders and Ireland’s Jason Quigley have given him just the impetus required to get his hunger back.
“Before they were here, I was the main man in the gym,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Now they have come along, the bar has been raised. It’s healthy competition.
“I’ve got the hunger. I’m a born winner. I want to compete and I want to be the best. I need to go out and win another world title.”
“I hit rock bottom and I knew that I needed boxing. I knew that’s where I’m at my happiness.
“Since I’ve come back, I’m so happy training. I’m happy about the future.
Brook has been out of the fight game for 10 months as he dealt with defeat and also successive injuries to his eyes in the fights against GGG and Spence.
The 31-year-old sees the Rabchenko fight as ultimately a stepping stone to more big fights but the one he really wants is the much-mooted domestic clash against Amir Khan.
It‘s a matchup that has been eagerly anticipated in Britain for many years now with Khan himself also making his comeback in April after almost two years out of the ring.
If both fighters can come through their respective comeback fights it seems inevitable that their paths will cross, at last, possibly later this year or early 2019.