Former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri believes age is just a number, as the fight approaches with rising welterweight contender Conor Benn, who is being groomed as a star in the UK.
Algieri, 37-years-old, has a fought a much higher level of competition with the likes of Errol Spence, Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao.
On Saturday night, Algieri and Benn will collide at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.
Algieri (25-3, 9 KOs) has not been very active, with only four fights in five and a half years since losing to Spence in 2016. He dominated Mikkel LesPierre in August to a decision win. It was Algieri's first fight in 26 months.
"2020 was a lost year because of the pandemic," Algieri told Nick Parkinson. "We came out of the gate for 2021 looking for fights, but I still had to wait to get one. But I've been working hard, I never stopped during COVID and was working hard in the gym, and I'm going to show to everyone I've still got it.
"I'm a young 37-year-old. I don't feel 37, look it or act it. I'm still outworking the younger guys in the gym and not much has changed with my volume and delivery."
Algieri is hoping to knock off Benn and use that victory to push closer to one more world title shot.
And as of late, there have been quite a few shocking upsets on British soil.
"Some of those shocks have been US fighters knocking off the Brits," Algieri said.
Benn (19-0, 12 KOs), 25-years-old, has gradually been stepping up his competition with wins over Samuel Vargas and Adrian Granados in 2021.
"There's been a lot of hype and build up in his [Benn's] career has been curated carefully," Algieri said. "This is a huge step up for him. I've not seen a lot of resistance from those other guys he has fought, so it's hard to get a true assessment of him."