Evergreen super-middleweight Lolenga Mock is adamant 2019 will be the year he finally completes his world title dream.
The Denmark-based Congolese was denied his shot at the WBC crown by a hotly-disputed points defeat to Avni Yildirim in September but is preparing to take a step back towards the top on January 19.
Mock (42-15-1-KO13) said: “2019 is definitely going to be the year the fairytale comes true. I’m still highly ranked in the world and I showed against Yildirim I can box the young, strong boys.
“I still train in the old school way. I don’t take breaks or holidays like some fighters. I keep training at a high-level together with the young boys. It motivates me because I pressure them and they pressure me.
“I’m incredibly motivated to make 2019 my year. I’ve improved mentally because every challenge in life gives you a possibility to learn. Losing the way I did in Germany could break you but I’ve kept my dignity and my dreams.
“I felt very strong against Yildirim. I won that fight and even the German fans were saying the same. Now I want to get back in the ring and show everybody that I’m still here and still chasing my dream.
“I want everybody to know that I live by my words – even if the result in Germany was not fair, I NEVER give up!”
Mock’s remarkable professional boxing career began in 1991 and he famously dropped future cruiserweight and heavyweight king David Haye in 2003.
To buy tickets to Mock’s return, which takes place on the undercard of Dina Thorslund’s WBO Female world super-bantamweight title defence against Alesi Graf, visit www.ticketmaster.dk.