Can Johnson be best of British?

Callum Johnson. ENGEMN00120130627151126
Callum Johnson. ENGEMN00120130627151126

Callum Johnson will make sure he is in the best shape of his life ahead of his British light heavyweight title eliminator.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist will fightPortsmouth’s Joel McIntyre at Grantham’s Meres Leisure Cetre on March 7 - with the winner moving a step closer to the chance of claiming a coveted belt.

But with McIntyre having won 12 of his 13 bouts, Johnson knows he will have to be at his best if he is to claim the victory.

“It’s great news. This is my first really meaningful fight,” said 29-year-old Johnson, who has won all 10 of his pro bouts.

“He’s a good fighter and my biggest test, and that’s the incentive I need to make sure I’m the best I can be.

“He’s a good kid, but he can’t beat Callum Johnson if I’m at my best.”

Johnson - who trains at Joe Gallagher’s gym in Manchester - believes that defeating McIntyre would be just the boost his career needs.

He added: “Winning this fight puts me a step closer to winning a British title.

“I can’t look beyond this fight, but winning a British title could be a step closer to a European title, then who knows what?”