George Groves believes he is thriving now that he is again training alongside high-quality fighters on a daily basis.
The talented super-middleweight concluded a run of disappointing performances by stopping Andrea Di Luisa in five rounds in January in his first fight with new trainer Shane McGuigan.
On Saturday he faces the unremarkable David Brophy at London's 02 Arena, when he will be expected to further improve on his previous performance, and has revealed that in addition to McGuigan there is another influence which is inspiring him to improve.
Groves stagnated while working with previous trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick until last September's world title defeat by Badou Jack, when he was the highest-profile figure in his training camp and received the majority of the focus.
Under McGuigan, however, as he often did while trained by Adam Booth, he is working alongside David Haye and Carl Frampton on a regular basis while each prepare for significant fights, and of working in a more even team, the 28-year-old told Press Association Sport: "You're a product of your peers, as a friend used to say to me, and that's certainly how I feel.
"If you're rubbing shoulders with elite-level fighters, world champions, and more than anything, hungry people who want to succeed, it's going to rub off on you, and being part of this set-up is a benefit.
"The gym's buzzing, it's a winning gym, after my fight I was ticking over while Carl Frampton was in his huge fight (against Scott Quigg) which he won. The faith is there.
"I'm fortunate. I'm lucky. Not anyone can train with these guys, and it's up to me to try and keep up with them."
The time Groves has spent rebuilding his career has coincided with the most successful period in domestic rival and IBF champion James DeGale's career and a swift development in Callum Smith's.
As WBC champion Jack's mandatory challenger, Smith, 25, is expected to fight for a world title before Groves, but the latter insisted he is in no rush to return to world level while he feels McGuigan is continuing to improve him.
Groves also dismissed rumours he has grown frustrated at promoters Nisse and Kalle Sauerland not securing him a bigger fight.
"I'm not frustrated with the Sauerland brothers at all," Groves said. "If I'm frustrated, they're frustrated. There was talk of a Martin Murray fight for around this point, it seemed to make sense but I think he wanted a warm-up beforehand.
"It would obviously be much better to have a few fights with Shane before I'm back in the mix for a world title, or a world title eliminator, but at the same time we're doing well and will be ready for whenever they come.
"Shane's training style complements my fighting style, it takes adjustments to work with a new person, there was an adjustment in the training cycles for me for that first fight, it was taking me a little bit longer to recover from sessions whereas now it's full steam ahead. I do a lot more punching now with Shane than I used to, and I'm getting the benefits of that."