CALLUM Johnson believes he has the ability to win a title fight... today.
The Boston fighter is brimming with confidence after getting into what he describes as ‘the best shape of my life’.
And he believes that if the chance to fight for a title came his way today, he’d be the one leaving the ring with a belt around his waist.
“I think I’m ready,” he told The Standard.
“If a title fight came my way now I think I could win it.
“I’m working hard and I’m in the shape of my life.”
However, in order to get in line for a title shot, Johnson must first get past experienced fighter James Tucker on Friday.
The experienced Doncastrian – nicknamed The Slugger – has 58 fights to his name, despite being just 27 years of age.
He may have lost 49 of those bouts, but 47 have gone the distance.
And that is exactly why Johnson’s team picked him as the opponent for Friday’s contest at Oldham Sports Centre.
The unbeaten Boston boxer has won all four of his professional contests (two by knockout), but he has never gone more than four rounds.
With this clash billed as an eight-rounder, they are hoping they’ve found a man who can test his stamina to the fullest, as they opt to gradually build Johnson up.
Despite champing at the bit for a title shot, Johnson accepts the decision to play the long game.
He added: “My team have experience in these things and they want to build up my own experience.
“The most I’ve ever boxed is four rounds, so they want me to keep on improving until they think it’s the right time.
“But if it was me, I’d take a fight like that right now.
“Some people crack under pressure - I thrive on it.”
Johnson proved that in 2010 after winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal in his weight division in Delhi, representing his adopted Scotland.
Tony Bellew is the current British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion, while Bob Ajisafe (English champion) or a crack at the Midlands belt may be on his radar first.
To date, Johnson has stopped Philip Townley and Tommy Tolan and earned decisions against Jody Meikle and Lee Duncan.
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