Mexican legend Humberto Soto is confident his new-found vigor for the sport can lead to fending off the challenge of up and comer Josh Taylor.
The 37 year-old, who reigned as world champion from featherweight to lightweight, has been drafted in to give Taylor his latest step-up on March 3 in Glasgow.
Soto has only fought once in over two years, but is back in gym working hard in a bid to prove he still has something left in his veteran years.
“I think I am a privileged fighter. There are millions of fighters, but very few are chosen to be world champions,” said Soto.
“My dedication and discipline took me to the top, and I will prepare properly for this fight. I know I am the away fighter here, but I believe my dedication can mean I leave the ring as a winner.
“I think this will be a great fight. I will give my heart and soul in the ring, and the fans should enjoy this.”
Promoter Barry McGuigan, who looks after Taylor’s affairs, is expecting a war when the pair collide and admits it’s a tough test for the young contender.
“This is a terrific fight. We’re going to the Hydro, and that’s a sign of where Josh Taylor is at the moment.
“He’s one of the most exciting fighters in the world and I know that everyone will see that once again on March 3rd.
“Soto is fresh, dangerous and has only been stopped once by the heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse.
“For us, this is a gamble – but that’s a sign of how much faith we have in Josh.
“The undercard is packed with talented kids too, and Easton vs. Foot in-particular should be a terrific scrap,” he added.