Johnson would ‘fight every week’ for a title opportunity

Callum Johnson with Joe Gallagher (left) before his victory over Lee Duncan, and stablemate Anthony Crolla, the British lightweight champion.
Callum Johnson with Joe Gallagher (left) before his victory over Lee Duncan, and stablemate Anthony Crolla, the British lightweight champion.

BOSTON boxing ace Callum Johnson has turned his attentions to landing a domestic title.

And the 25-year-old says he feels in such good shape he would ‘fight every week’ as he bids for his first honour since turning professional.

Johnson may have a Commonwealth Games gold medal, but a pro belt is the prize he really wants in his trophy cabinet.

Sheffield’s Lee Duncan was the latest casualty of Johnson’s quest for glory, as the Boston fighter earned an impressive 40-36 points victory at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last Saturday.

And with three straight victories since turning pro last December, Johnson is now ready to move up a gear.

His deal with Frank Warren Promotions states he has to get three more bouts in before Christmas.

Johnson is confident he can now progress to six and eight-round fights, helping to put him in contention for a title shot.

He told The Standard: “It won’t be long until I’m fighting in 10 rounders and getting to the level I want to be at, so I can be competing for a domestic title.”

Matchmaker Dean Powell has the task of finding Johnson’s next opponents, as he ups the tempo in the build-up to the festive season.

But Johnson, says he won’t be dishing out any favours in the season of good will.

“I want to fight,” he added.

“I’ll fight every week until Christmas if it gets me a title fight. I feel great - I’d fight tomorrow if I could.”

Johnson has never been short of confidence in the ring, but he puts much of his current fitness down to his training at Gallagher’s Gym.

Benington-based Johnson spends three days a week at Joe Gallagher’s Manchester venue, training under the renowned coach and sparring with the likes of Matt Macklin and John Murray.

There he is learning the tricks of the trade he feels will make him a dominant force in the light-heavyweight division.

Johnson also believes that moving up to six and eight-round contests will help him fulfil his second dream - becoming a showman.

He has admitted frustration at failing to finish opponents off within four rounds, despite stopping Phillip Townley in his debut.

Johnson added: “I’ve said in the last two fights that I thought I would have finished them off had it been another round or two.

“Hopefully these longer fights will give me the chance to do that.”