Callum Johnson is ready to return to the ring

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow.    Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 4th Dec  2010

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 4th Dec 2010

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CALLUM Johnson is ready to unleash five months of pent-up aggression on Ciaran Healy.

The Boston boxer will return to the ring to face the Irish veteran on December 9 – and he can’t wait to strap on the gloves again.

“I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time, so I’m ready to go,” said Johnson, who hasn’t seen action in the ring since July’s victory over Sheffield switch-hitter Lee Duncan.

“I’ve been training hard and getting better and better, so I’m ready to put on a show.”

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist has also defeated Philip Townley and Jody Meikle since entering the pro ranks a year ago.

But Healy will be light heavyweight Johnson’s toughest opponent to date.

Aged 36 and with 31 fights behind him, the Belfast-born orthodox fighter is not shy on experience.

His record shows he has won 13 (four by knockout), lost 17 and drawn one.

Healy recorded his last knockout earlier this year, an eighth-round stoppage against Brendan Fitzpatrick in June.

Although, earlier this month he suffered an eighth-round stoppage against Bilel Latrache in France.

Johnson’s fourth fight will see the 26-year-old Bostonian step up to fight in a six-round bout for the first time.

The fight will take place at the Liverpool Echo Arena on the same bill as James Degale versus Jose Guerrero and George Groves against yet-unknown opponent.

The bout will be televised on the BoxNation channel.