New honour for Boston’s gold medallist Callum Johnson

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BOSTON’S man-of-the-hour Callum ‘The One’ Johnson was hailed ‘hero of Boston’ at a civic reception on Thursday night.

The Commonwealth gold medallist was praised at the event, held at the Boston Borough Council offices, in West Street, by Mayor of Boston Coun Peter Jordan who said he admired all sportsmen and women, especially boxers who, he said, had to be brave as well as skillful.

He said: “Professional sportsmen make what they do look easy, except boxers, however good they are it still looks painful.”

Callum, who has now turned professional and is managed by former champion Naseem Hamed, received a scroll of honour from the mayor.

He said he was more nervous about attending the reception than stepping into the ring.

However, he vowed: “I will bring more good things to the town.”

The boxer is currently training for his second bout in a couple of month’s times and has already been tipped as a world champion.

He beat his last opponent, Belfast’s Phillip Townley, with a second-round stoppage in his debut professional match last month.

Callum grew up in Fenside, Boston and went to Haven High School.

He was Scotland’s team captain at the games and boxed for the country for six years.