The dream is coming true! Callum Johnson prepares for Lincolnshire ring return

Callum Johnson celebrates his first professional victory.
Callum Johnson celebrates his first professional victory.

When Callum Johnson steps through the ropes this weekend, he will be fulfilling a lifelong dream.

The Boston light heavyweight may well have boxed his way to gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago and, since then, heard his victories cheered by thousands of spectators at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.

But one burning ambition the adopted Scot has always held has been to fight professionally in his home county of Lincolnshire.

And that dream will come true this Saturday when he faces Egidijus Kakstys at North Hykeham’s North Kesteven Leisure Centre.

“I’m finally fighting in my home county, and I can’t wait,” Johnson told The Standard.

“Everyone knows I’ve always wanted to fight here.

“I’ve got some great fans from Boston who have travelled to watch me all over the country.

“But it’s great to finally be able to be on a show where more people can come and support me.

“I want to thank everybody for really getting behind me again. I really appreciate everybody’s support.”

The 28-year-old is rediscovering his love of boxing following a frustrating past couple of years.

A number of shows put together by his promoter Frank Warren fell through, meaning he has effectively fought just once in the past two years.

But now that contract is over, Johnson and his manager Joe Gallagher are able to pick and choose their bouts freely, and that means finally entering the ring in Yellowbelly county.

Opponent Kakstys is a 21-year-old Lithuanian with a record of four wins, 20 defeats and two draws, although two of those wins came by way of knockout.

Johnson admits to knowing little about his opponent, but says that won’t bother him.

He added: “It’s just like being back in the amateur game, where you would turn up and be put in the ring against a big lad from another country that you don’t know anything about.

“It doesn’t worry me. If I’m being honest, he should be worried about me.”

Johnson has won all six of his professional bouts.