Johnson and Hamed split

Callum Jones v Jody Meikle. With mentor Prince Naseem.  Braehead Glasgow.     Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 12th March 2011
Callum Jones v Jody Meikle. With mentor Prince Naseem. Braehead Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 12th March 2011

CALLUM Johnson is looking for a fresh start after splitting with manager Naseem Hamed.

The Boston boxer and former WBC WBF and IBC featherweight champion ‘Prince’ have parted ways after little more than a year in partnership.

“We’re no longer working together, confirmed light heavyweight Johnson.

“We’re still very good friends but it just didn’t work out, we’re just going different ways with our careers.

“It’s nice to have had the pleasure of working with one of my childhood heroes.

“I’ve learned a few things from him so its not been a wasted partnership.”

Commonwealth Gold medallist Johnson - who will continue to be promoted by Frank Warren - is hoping for up to six fights in 2012 after just two bouts throughout a frustrating past year.

Johnson added: “It’s been a learning curve this year. I’ve learned all about the pro boxing game and it’s put me in a better position for 2012.

“It’s going to be a big year for me.

“I’ll train over Christmas and New Year because I want to be at my best.”

Johnson’s bout against Ciaran Healy, set for January 27, has been postponed.