Rendall Munroe expects to get a second world title shot after taking care of Lee Selby in Cardiff on Saturday night.
The Leicester veteran is on the comeback trail after temporarily calling it a day following defeat to Scott Quigg almost 18 months ago.
But Munroe, who took on WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Japan in 2010, still believes he has what it takes to get to the top - this time as a featherweight.
British champion Selby stands in his way this weekend but with the vacant European belt also on the line Munroe is excited by his future prospects.
"I don't think I ever stopped being at my best," said Munroe. "The issue for me was my weight, that was the thing letting me down - trying to make the weight all of the time.
"Sometimes it takes a bit of relaxation time to realise, and as my manager said to me recently, the best thing that happened was me retiring, getting my head clear and deciding what I wanted to do.
"I have shown the calibre of boxer I am and what type of character I am. I have said for a long time that I should have more than just the one world title shot that I had.
"There are others out there who get a few chances but I had one chance and everything went pair shaped for me after that.
"This is a step towards another world title fight. After I win this fight I will be a two-weight European champion. The talk at the minute is that Selby is ready to challenge for a world title, so after I beat him does that not say that I will be ready for a shot at the world title?
"I had six European fights at super-bantamweight and this is number seven for me. I don't know what will happen on Saturday, if I will have a few defences of the European or get a world title shot straight away."
Munroe expects his experience at the highest level to shine through against Selby, who has cleared out the domestic division in the last two years.
"Selby is coming to win and I am coming to win so this is his step to the next chapter that he wants," said Munroe. "He will come very prepared and really up for it.
"He's got nothing that worries me, nothing. I'm world class and I think I've proved that. As for him being bigger, I've been sparring bigger lads since day one. I always have to get sparring partners who are bigger than me anyway because I'm a strong lad at the weight myself.
"I'm not getting any younger but I'm good enough, strong enough and I've proved I belong at that elite level.
"This is my chance to show Rendall Munroe has gone up a weight and to still show I'm world class. By beating Lee Selby I'll be European champion which will get me fights and put me back in the frame to fulfil my dream of becoming world champion.
"I didn't think a shot at the European would come so soon after the comeback but when you get those opportunities you have to make use of them. I was English champion when I fought for the European title at Super Bantamweight.
"I took that opportunity and that made me into who I was. Now, I have a vast of experience behind me and I have the opportunity to do it all again. I'm still seeing the lights; I want the lights and I want the belts."