IS HE In line for a title shot? Callum Johnson wants to prove he is the future of British light-heavyweight boxing - as he has been put on the same card as some of the top names in his division.
The Boston banger - who won Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi in 2010 - will have his sixth professional fight on October 27.
Johnson will take on a yet-to-be-named opponent at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.
And if he proves victorious, he will be in line for a title shot before the year’s out.
“I’ve got to make sure I’m in the best shape of my life,” Johnson told The Standard.
“It’s the biggest fight I’ve had so far, because I’ve been told that if I win then I could get some kind of a title shot in December.
“But I can’t be thinking about that yet.
“I’ve got to concentrate on winning in October.
“But I’m sure I can do that. I’m always sure I can win my fights.”
Johnson’s October bout will be on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title defence against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov.
Also on the bill are fellow fighters from his division Enzo Maccarinelli and Ovill McKenzie, with the latter’s Commonwealth light heavyweight title on the line.
Johnson should, all things going well, face the winner for a crack at the belt.
“That could be in December, depending opn how everyone is after their fights,” the Boston fighter said.
But right now, his mind is set on the October contest.
“It’s going to be one to watch,” said Johnson, who is promoted by Frank Warren.
“There’ll be Cleverly, Maccarinelli, McKenzie and me - the best light heavyweights in the country will all be there.
“There’ll be a big audience so I’ve got to make sure I put on a show for them.”
Johnson has won all five of his contests to date, three by knockout.
He has recently spent a fortnight in Los Angeles, training at Freddie Roach’s world-famous Wildcard Gym, the home of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.
He is usually based at Manchester’s Gallagher’s gym, although he has not ruled out more sparring in LA.
For the latest news ahead of the October bout, see the Boston Standard, out Wednesday.