Danny Garcia admits he was floored when the decision in his fight against Keith Thurman went against him.
His sole loss in 35 fights came back in March 2017 in a WBA and WBC Welterweight Title unification and it took 11 months to get back into the ring after the devastating loss.
He brushed aside Brandon Rios inside nine rounds on his return in February to set up a clash for his old WBC crown against Shawn Porter at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on September 8, live on BoxNation.
Garcia, 30, still feels that the split decision that went against him when he faced Thurman was harsh: "It was tough, it was tough, I have a mind of a winner and honestly waking up that day I thought I was going to be the unified Champion of the world.
"I was real confident when it came to the scorecard that I was there to win the fight because I finished the fight strong, and you know what there were a lot of close middle rounds.
"He won a lot of the early rounds, but I felt like I pushed the fight, I thought I won the fight, it didn't go my way," he recalled.
"That got me going again but you know mentally it was tough but you know physically it didn't affect me, so now it is behind me in the past. I feel good, I'm motivated and this is the same Danny Garcia you want to see.
"It took me a little while and at the end of the day I never pictured myself on the wrong side of a decision, but it is what it is. I came back strong against Rios and did what I was supposed to against him and stop him and knock him out."
Next weekend will be his seventh appearance at the Barclays Center and he actually headlined the first boxing card there in October 2012 when knocked out Erik Morales - ending the Mexican legend’s career.
The Philadephia fighter added: "I love the Barclays Center. I opened up the building and I was the first world title fighter at Barclays Center in 2012 when I knocked Morales out.
"I fought many epic battles here you know against Morales, Peterson, Judah, Thurman, the list goes on.
"When I walk through the streets of Brooklyn everyone knows who I am, so that's my home away from home. I love the atmosphere. I love the people at Barclays Center and it's my home away from home and I'm excited."
Porter, who has won 28 of his 31 fights, lost a close but unanimous decision against Thurman when they met in June 2016.
"I think the fight against Thurman was very, very close, and I wanted a rematch right away, but that was in 2016," he said.
"At the time, it was the best fight in the division. It is still that but I'd like to see and fight some other competition first, and trust me I just love to fight."