Fan-tastic Johnson eyes belt

Callum Johnson. ENGEMN00120130522152255

Callum Johnson. ENGEMN00120130522152255

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Callum Johnson is calling upon his fans to help cheer him a step closer to a professional title.

The Boston boxer will take on Portsmouth’s Joel McIntyre in a British light heavyweight title eliminator on March 7.

And with the bout taking place at Grantham’s Meres Leisure Centre, the 29-year-old is hopeful that the Lincolnshire crowd will be right behind him.

“It’s always a great feeling fighting in your home county because it gives a lot of my fans the chance to see me,” said Johnson, whose previous professional bouts have taken place in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Walsall, as well as Lincoln.

“It’s always nice to have the crowd behind you, it makes you even more determined to win.

“I hope this time my friends and fans can be there again.

“Hopefully, I can give them something to shout about.”

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Johnson has won all 10 of is pro bouts since standing on top of the podium in Delhi five years ago.

But he admits that McIntyre - nicknamed El Toro - will be his toughest opponent yet.

“He’s a good kid,” said Johnson of his upcoming opponent, who has won 12 of his 13 bouts.

“He’s probably the best fighter I’ll have boxed.

“But it’s always been my dream to win a belt and I’ll do everything I can to make sure that happens.”