Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has revealed that he is focused on making his return to the ring in front of a home crowd on December 15.
The unbeaten West Londoner has only fought once this year, a superb knockout win against Francisco Sierra in July, after a succession of injury problems.
Groves admitted that 2012 has been hard but he is determined to end it on a high note.
He said: "This year has been tough, but I'm over the worst of it and now I'm focused on a big performance at the Excel.
"Although I've only had one fight this year, it was a good win in America that made the fans and media sit up and take notice of me. 2013, I'm sure, will be a much better one for me, but I need to make sure I end the year with my record in tact."
Groves was in devastating form in his last fight in the capital, a second-round knockout victory over Paul Smith.