Zab Judah has every good reason to head into the 19th world title fight of his long and storied career confident he can dethrone rising star Danny Garcia and win back the unified light-welterweight title at the age of 35.
Judah looked a fading force when he was stopped in the fifth round by Amir Khan in July 2011, but bounced back in March last year with a stunning stoppage win over previously unbeaten Vernon Paris.
And now Judah heads into his challenge to 140lb king Garcia - best known for conquering Khan in July last year - having been convinced by Bernard Hopkins' recent exploits that age is just a number.
Hopkins - 13 years' Judah's senior - recently made history by claiming the IBF version of the world light-heavyweight title over Tavoris Cloud at the age of 48, and the fast-talking Judah believes he too is on the verge of scoring a notable success for the sport's old guard.
Judah said: "I respect Danny as a champion and he has youth on his side. But the old man [Hopkins] showed you what to do, and that's to go in and annihilate these young boys.
"When I train I train as if I'm fighting Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali. When you get your mindset like this you run into nothing but flying colours. I'm sure Danny's going to come down here swinging his hooks, but I'm going to be super-ready."
Judah's extraordinary and often controversial world title career started when he won the IBF light-welterweight title over Jan Piet Bergman in February 2000, and made a subsequent defence against a young Junior Witter at Hampden Park.
Unified title losses to Kostya Tszyu, Cory Spinks and Floyd Mayweather all threatened to derail Judah's top-level future, but in each bout he did enough to convince the pay-per-view moguls to give him another shot.
Judah's win over Paris in what was billed as an eliminator for Garcia's title has left him with a chance to win back his crowns - and he has plenty of incentive as the April 27 contest takes place at the Barclays Center in his beloved home city of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn was also the venue for Judah's shock win over Paris and he added: "When they told me I was fighting in Brooklyn against an undefeated fighter like Paris I was excited.
"It's the opportunity that gets me. Having unified the titles at welterweight and coming back down to do it at 140lbs, that's beautiful for me. It's the opportunity that counts, not the person or the situation.
"I am ready for this fight and I am not going to let anyone down. I am a whole different fighter with a whole different style to Amir Khan. Danny Garcia is going to find himself in a whole different fight."Tags: Zab Judah , Danny Garcia , Garcia-Judah , Garcia vs Judah