The impact of the coronavirus on sport has been massive and, for me, leading up to this fight it has been a double-edged sword.
There has been the frustration and chaos of opponents turning down fights, agreeing to fights then going silent - and then last week Armenian Vahram Vardanyan had to withdraw due to visa issues. Tomorrow an opponent will be announced and the guy we're looking at has fought at a higher level than Vardanyan.
Bizarrely, from all these coronavirus issues, I have gained a positive that will help for the rest of my career and it was shown in my last spar, which was one of the best I've had in years.
Due to the problem of not being able to bring in sparring partners, it meant that my open sparring was dramatically reduced. That meant I did more school sparring, or, as some people describe it, tactical sparring - so the guy I was sparring with was boxing to instruction.
Rather than full-out spars, we would do things like just working with the jab or the back hand to the body, and so the all-out sparring was fewer than 30 rounds this time.
The energy levels I had in the final spar and the way I worked showed me that from here on I will not be doing anywhere near the amount I would have done previously. For example, leading up to my recent fights I would have done around 70 rounds of open sparring, but now I believe that around 30 will do because I know how to fight and I just need to get my timing right and be sharp.
Both my coaches Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis were shocked at just how sharp I looked in that final spar - landing triple and quadruple jabs. For all the annoyance of the Armenian pulling out, I stayed focused and got a real boost from how I performed.
I plan to take that sharpness into this fight on Saturday night and put in a big performance. I'm just glad that my management team at MTK had a guy training for four weeks just in case something did fall through and that's exactly what has happened.
I want to really look good and take out all the frustration that has built up and use it on this opponent. I've no concern at all about the fact I've been out of the ring for nine months - in fact, I would have been content to wait for the shot at world champion Jamel Herring.
But it was the right decision to take this fight and stay sharp, and once I do the business here then I can really turn my focus to Herring.
It's going to be strange not having fans there on fight night and not having family around leading up to it, but, when it comes down to it, I have a job to do, and when the bell rings it's just us two and I'm determined to give an explosive performance.
I know I'm expected to win and win well, and there is no way I'll let complacency undermine my performance or stop me from staying on course for the shot at history in a fight with WBO super-featherweight champion Herring.
That fight could happen before Christmas, and I would love that, but I have to park any thoughts about Herring and focus on this bout. Nothing else matters, only Saturday night.