Johnson ready for ‘real test’

Callum Johnson in action against Bartlomiej Grafka.
Callum Johnson in action against Bartlomiej Grafka.

Callum Johnson believes he is the best light heavyweight in Great Britain.

On Saturday night the Boston boxer hardly broke a sweat as he defeated Bartlomiej Grafka - the Pole’s corner throwing the towel in midway through the second round.

And after stretching his unbeaten professional record to 11 straight victories, Johnson believes he has what it takes to claim a British title.

“I know I haven’t proven it yet, but I know I’m the best light heavyweight in the country,” the former Commonwealth Games gold medallist told The Standard.

“Now I want to go out and prove it.”

The weekend’s bout should have been a British title eliminator, but was downgraded after opponent Joe McIntyre pulled out.

Johnson is hoping to return to the ring in April, but admits he finds it frustrating that potential opponents don’t seem keen to get into the ring with him.

“We keep trying to get fights and I keep getting told people don’t want it,” he added.

“I suppose it’s a compliment, but it’s frustrating.

“I want a real test.

“But the thing is, it doesn’t matter how good any fighter is on paper, I’m confident that I can stop them anyway.”