“We’re going to conquer America,” Callum Johnson proudly stated.
“Well, Paul’s going to conquer America and I’ll be going there to knock out some guy.”
The Boston fighter is currently all smiles after discovering one of his childhood dreams is about to come true.
On June 20 the unbeaten light heavyweight will fight in the United States, the home of many of the sport’s most glamorous bouts.
And the Paul which Johnson is talking up is his Gallagher’s Gym stablemate Smith, who will top the bill at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, as he looks to become the first man to defeat California native Andre Ward, the current WBA super middleweight champion.
Johnson’s talk of conquering America may sound a little hyperbolic, but the two Englishmen are fully aware that an impressive victory in front of the right people could well open plenty of doors in the Land of Opportunity.
After all, rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports company is promoting the event, so it will hardly be a low-key affair.
“I’m on the undercard, so I know I could be fighting in front of six people or a full crowd, but I’m just excited to be given this chance,” the 29-year-old continued.
“Every boxer wants to make it in America. It’s the same for me.
“I’ve just got to put the work in at the gym to make sure I’m in my best shape.”
With 12 straight victories since turning pro, Boston’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist is confident he can turn a few heads in the States.
After previously training in California and Las Vegas with his Gallagher’s Gym pals and fighting as an amateur in Canada, Johnson says he has no fears about taping up his gloves on the other side of the Atlantic, against an opponent yet to be named.
“All I’m thinking about is going over there and winning,” he added.
“I don’t get get any jetlag problems going out there. It’s normally coming back - but this time I want to be celebrating when I get back home.”