Johnson: Come and have a go

Callum Johnson defeats Lee Duncan. Photo: Colin Messom
Callum Johnson defeats Lee Duncan. Photo: Colin Messom

CALLUM Johnson has challenged the light heavyweight division to come and take a swing at him.

The Boston boxer is becoming increasingly frustrated as opponents continue to use spoiling tactics in their bouts against him, because they fear his big-hitting reputation.

“I just want someone who’s willing to come out and try to fight me,” said Johnson after Saturday’s 40-36 points victory over Sheffield’s Lee Duncan.

“It’s frustrating that people just want to spoil the fights by holding all the time.

“I want to fight people who are willing to have a go.

“I feel sorry for the crowd because I want to show them I can box. I want to show them I can knock people out.”

Johnson was in total control during Saturday’s bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, dominating each of the four rounds against Duncan.

But he still feels he needs to put on more of a show for the fans, especially as his Commonwealth Gold medal, won in Delhi last year, means he arrived on the pro scene with a fierce reputation.

And with that at the back of his mind, he admits that he is still trying too hard to finish opponents off.

“I won the fight easily, but I know I’m still trying too hard to end it early.

“People have seen I’ve won the Commonwealths, and they hear I’ve got a dig on me, so they’re careful.

“I’m pushing too hard to finish them off, but I’m still only fighting four-rounds.”

Johnson’s contract with promoter Frank Warren means he has to get three more fights under his belt by Christmas.

He is eager to make the step up from four round bouts - something he believes will help his showman ambitions, as opponents begin to tire the longer the fights go on.