Callum Johnson predicts victory ahead of Saturday’s fight

Callum Johnson
Callum Johnson

CALLUM Johnson is ready to give boxing fans a repeat of The One Show.

The Boston fighter says he is confident he will win his second professional fight – but admits he will have his work cut out against ‘rough-house’ opponent Jody Meikle.

The two Lincolnshire light-heavyweights will go toe-to-toe at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on Saturday night, on the undercard of Kenny Burns’ WBO super-featherweight title defence against Joseph Laryea.

And Boston’s Johnson – nicknamed The One - says he is ready to rumble against Scunthorpe journeyman Meikle.

“I’ve been training hard and I’m in the best shape I could be,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

“I’m confident I will win, but I couldn’t say whether that will be a stoppage or not.

“Winning’s just the important thing right now.”

However, the 25-year-old fighter is expecting a tough battle against Meikle, 31, a former amateur heavyweight.

And he probably has every need to be wary of someone who, with his face still bruised from the previous night’s fight, emulates TV show Jackass by firing elastic bands into his face and uploading the film onto the internet.

“I know about the kid, he uses rough-house tactics,” Johnson told The Standard.

“I know I’ll have to be careful, especially as there are no headguards anymore.

“But I’m confident I can do the job.”

However, one man backing Johnson to stop Meikle is his manager Naseem Hamed.

The former world featherweight champion has predicted Johnson will complete his first 10 fights with a record of 10 knockouts.

“This guy’s got dynamite in his hands,” said the ‘Prince’.

“I just feel that he is so explosive, so chilling. He throws his punches so correctly.”

Johnson - who signed with promoter Frank Warren and manager Hamed after winning gold at the Games in Delhi last year – made his professional debut in December, stopping Belfast’s Phillip Townley in the second round, also at the Braehead Arena.

And after already climatising to his surroundings, Johnson reckons fight number two will come a little easier to him.

“I know where I’ll be fighting, I know where I’ll be staying, I know what the atmosphere will be like and I know where the weigh-in will take place,” he added. “These are a few things I don’t have to think about this time.”

The main events will be televised on Sky Sports 1 (8pm), with the possibility of Johnson’s fight also being shown during the two-hour show.