Ricky Burns claims he is starting to enjoy boxing again now he has taken the decision to move up to lightweight.
The Coatbridge fighter, 28, relinquished his WBO super-featherweight belt after struggling to make the 130lb mark, and will challenge Michael Katsidis for the WBO interim lightweight championship at Wembley Arena on November 5.
Burns admits he is looking forward to concentrating more on the sport than the scales.
"It was a hard decision to vacate my title but it was the right time to do it and it was in my best interests," he said. "Super-featherweight was draining the strength out of me.
"It was getting harder and harder to make the weight.
"It's only five pounds of a difference but it makes a big difference.
"I was constantly worrying about what I was eating and the dieting was so strict.
"I was getting dehydrated boiling down to lose the last two or three pounds.
"And in doing that I was getting tired but I couldn't take a day off.
"Now that weight is no longer an issue I can take a day off if I need to and now I can enjoy boxing.
"I have started changing the way I have been training, working on my upper body and legs and I will be so much stronger."
Katsidis, 31, has won 28 of his 32 fights including impressive victories in England over Graham Earl and Kevin Mitchell and Burns acknowledged the difficulty of his task awaiting him.
"I have just moved up to lightweight and I couldn't have got a more difficult fight if I had tried," he said.
"But this is a great chance for me, it is a great incentive to be fighting for a title right away - what more could you ask for?
"I will be preparing for 12 hard rounds.
"Michael is a great fighter. He has had a few defeats but that was against the best in the division and you could see how good he was with the way he beat Graham Earl and Kevin Mitchell.
"So this will be the toughest fight of my career and people can expect fireworks.
"You know what you are getting with Michael, he comes to fight and he is never involved in a dull fight."
Katsidis, who has been tagged the 'Brit Basher' in the build-up to the fight, is currently training in Thailand but via a conference call he admitted his view of Burns has changed since he watched the Scotsman in action on YouTube.
"I didn't know too much about Ricky until I saw him on YouTube, then I realised I would be in for a more difficult fight than I first thought," he said. "I am in for a tough fight.
"He hits hard and he will be moving up a weight so he will be hitting harder.
"But it will be a pleasure to be back in England.
"England has so many great memories which will live with me for ever.
"And whether they are for me or against me, it will be a passionate crowd."
The fight will be shown live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456).Tags: Michael Katsidis , Ricky Burns , Burns vs Katsidis , Burns-Katsidis