Boston fighter Callum Johnson believes that opponent John Anthony’s disqualification should be taken as a compliment.
The 27-year-old light heavyweight returned to the ring for the first time in more than 12 months on Friday night.
He sent Anthony, 38, crashing to the canvas in the second round of their contest at Walsall Town Hall, but the rugged Doncastrian got back on his feet.
And Johnson was well on top of his bout with the powerful journeyman when Anthony was disqualified for holding in the seventh round.
“He just wanted to hold on to me, it was a frustrating fight,” Johnson told The Standard.
“But I’ll have to see it that I was doing a good job and he didn’t want to be in there with me.
“I sent him down in the second round and I thought I could have finished it early.
“But after a year out, I don’t think a quick finish would have done me any good.
After 12 months where injury and cancelled cards have seen Johnson sidelined, he was glad to take his professional record to six victories without defeat.
“If I’m being honest, I never really got out of first or second gear,” he continued.
“But it was a good feeling to get rid of that rust.”
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