Carl Frampton has admitted previous problems in his career had him wishing he could just hang up his gloves.
A bitter split with his old manager and a loss to Leo Santa Cruz had Frampton in a dark place in his career.
Moving to MTK Global and training with former pro Jamie Moore has given Frampton a new purpose. Which the Belfast man aims to take full advantage of with another world title.
Frampton challenges Josh Warrington on December 22 as ‘The Jackal’ bids to become a three-time ruler on the top stage.
“I’ve said it and talked about it a lot that I wasn’t enjoying boxing a couple of years ago and was just counting down the days until retirement.
“A change of team, since I’ve joined Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis. Since I’ve teamed up with Frank and MTK, things seem to be going well for me and I’m enjoying boxing again.
“That is the thing, I was winning big fights and beating good opponents when I wasn’t really enjoying it.
“Now I am enjoying it, I’m training well and smart, I believe that right now I am better than I’ve ever been.
“Everything has made a difference and it is the people I am around. I am enjoying everything.
“I feel like I am training smarter now. I’m not running myself into the ground constantly and over-training. I am doing it differently now with a much smarter approach.”
Still riding high in the WBN pound for pound list, Frampton can cement his place in the Top 20 with victory.
Already considered one of the best Irish fighters of all time, Frampton still has plenty to offer the sport.
Defeating Warrington could set Frampton up for a trilogy clash with Santa Cruz. Something which could happen in Belfast over the summer of 2019.
Tickets for Warrington vs Frampton are on sale to purchase via Ticketmaster and Eventim.