Callum Johnson praises top coach Joe Gallagher ahead of his USA debut

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson is confident he can stretch his unbeaten professional record to 13 fights on Saturday night.

The Boston light heavyweight will fight professionally in the USA for the first time as he boxes on the undercard of Gallagher’s Gym stablemate Paul Smith’s non-title bout with undefeated WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward.

Perhaps jetting over to the States would be seen as a risk by some fighters - especially as Johnson was unaware of who his opponent would be when he arrived at the airport on Saturday.

But not Johnson, the Bostonian is relishing the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone.

“America’s the capital of world boxing and if you turn down a fight there then you’re in the wrong game,” he pointed out.

“I’ve got no idea who I’m fighting. I’ve not really asked the questions, because I’m not really bothered.

“If you get the chance to fight in America you go for it.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re fighting, I always go in there looking to win.

“Hopefully, I can do that again this week, and get another stoppage.”

Ahead of Saturday’s bout in Oakland, Johnson - who has ended eight of his fights within the allotted time - is spend ing the week training in San Francisco.

He has previously trained in California and Las Vegas and will pull on the gloves with an open mind.

However, the former Commonwealth Games gold medallist has nothing but faith in mentor Joe Gallagher.

“A boxing gym’s a boxing gym, if I’m honest,” he added

“If I pick up one thing when I’m out there then it’s not a wasted journey.

“But Joe’s one of the best coaches in the world.

“It’s not like I go into any gym and think ‘wow, I’m picking loads of stuff up here’ because Joe’s one of the best about and I don’t think there’s much about boxing that he doesn’t know.”