James DeGale has defended the choice of Caleb Truax as challenger on Saturday, when he has vowed to be back to his best.
After four back-to-back fights in North America, IBF world super-middleweight champion DeGale performs in the UK for the first time since November 2014 against an opponent unknown to British fight fans.
Truax (28-3-2, 18 KOs), from Osseo in Minnesota, was wiped out in one round by fellow American Anthony Dirrell in April last year.
The 31-year-old, has also had career-saving surgery on his right shoulder after the brutal battle with Jack in Brooklyn.
As well as shoulder surgery, DeGale needed a nose operation due to a deviated septum after the Jack fight and feels Truax is the perfect opponent for his first fight in 11 months.
"I've had a bit of a stick about the opponent to be honest, but he's ranked in the top 15 and this is the perfect fight back," said DeGale.
"He's a fringe world-class opponent, I've just come off surgery and I'll not have boxed for a whole year by the time I fight so people have to give me a squeeze really. If you look at my last four fights I've fought Badou Jack, Rogelio Medina, Lucian Bute and Andre Dirrell all in North America.
"I deserve someone who's not a world beater. But, listen, these are the dangerous fights, these are the ones where you have to be switched on because he has nothing to lose. It's his chance so I can't take it for granted."
DeGale suggested earlier this year that retirement might only be "three or four fights away", but after resolving the lingering problem with his right shoulder -- a torn rotator cuff -- he says he feel refreshed and ready for new goals.
The Londoner, who won Olympic Gold in 2008, has only been punching again for seven weeks but feels ready to deliver a performance against Truax.
"Now I'm feeling super fit and it's nice using my right hand for my jab," said DeGale.
"In the fight with Badou Jack, I used seven jabs the whole fight, it was crazy. I'm feeling a lot better and taking one fight as it comes and not really thinking about retirement. I've not had too many hard fights. There are still things I want to achieve, titles I want to win. I'm still as hungry as ever.
"The right shoulder is vital, being the one with which the southpaw employs his fast, and very effective, jab, which remains the cornerstone of his work. You're going to see a serious difference against Truax. You'll see I'm really back to my finest.