After unsuccessfully challenging for world titles at Wembley Stadium and in Las Vegas, George Groves could easily have found himself devoid of motivation.
Three defeats in five fights have cast Groves (21-3, 16 KOs) adrift from world title contention, but the Londoner insists he has not lost his appetite and is still drawing in the fans, with a crowd of 6,000 expected at London's Copper Box Arena on Saturday to see him take on Italian Andrea Di Luisa (18-3, 14 KOs).
"I quickly realised I had to try again, not pack it in. I would just get fat and lazy if I had a few months off and came back in say May or June," Groves told ESPN. "I don't feel sorry for myself, it's time to go out and deliver."
Despite his setbacks, the 27-year-old Groves is still better known in the UK than most of Britain's 12 reigning world champions. So too is former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye who, like Groves, is trying to revive his own career. Both are once again sharing the same trainer, Shane McGuigan.
Groves feels revived and says that retirement never crossed his mind following a split points defeat to US-based Swede Badou Jack for the WBC world super-middleweight title in Vegas last September.
That setback followed two stoppage defeats to fellow Briton Carl Froch for the IBF and WBA versions of the world title (TKO 9 in November 2013 and TKO 8 in May 2014).
However, rather than take a break to rejuvenate himself, Groves opted for the quickest ring return on offer and is planning to keep busy.
"I was sitting in the Dorchester hotel in London and my promoter Kalle Sauerland offered me a date at the end of January," Groves said. "It was not long after the Jack fight, not the best time of year to fight, but I took it. I would like three or four fights before the summer and then we will see where we're at.
"You can be whoever you want to be. I'm top of the bill still after losing my last fight, and Sky TV still want to show me and they want me out again before May. After this fight I might box in Europe on one of Kalle's bills, just to keep the momentum going.
"I was told I was winning the fight against Jack, so to then lose it was a bitter pill to swallow. I had been away training in Big Bear for two months, trying to fulfil my dreams, and now I have to start all over again.
"I've got a new trainer and everything feels great in the gym. I was in high pressure fight after high pressure fight and I couldn't really sit down after each fight and analyse it with my trainer Paddy [Fitzpatrick]. But now I'm doing that.
"I need to get my ranking back first of all, then I can see what route I'm going down in terms of world titles. Losing a split decision is never a nice feeling, but it's not the end of the world and I would love another crack at Jack. It was a close fight and getting up off the floor and fighting on has won me a few fans in America. It's not all doom and gloom."