Callum Johnson vows to be The One to watch

Callum Jones v Jody Meikle.  Braehead Glasgow.     Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 12th March 2011
Callum Jones v Jody Meikle. Braehead Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 12th March 2011

CALLUM Johnson says he is in the form of his life - and ready to make the boxing world stand up and take notice.

The Boston light-heavyweight - nicknamed The One - will take on switch-hitter Lee Duncan in his third professional fight on Saturday.

The 25-year-old will box on the undercard of WBO world super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns’ bout with Nicky Cook, as well as John Murray and Kevin Mitchell fighting for the vacant WBO intercontinental lightweight championship at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Johnson - who won Commonwealth gold for Scotland in Delhi last year - admits this is the biggest card he has fought on.

But he wants make sure he is the fighter the crowd are talking about come the end of the night.

“It’s the biggest show I’ve ever fought on,” said Johnson. “I want the fans to be talking about Callum Johnson when they leave. I’m going there to put on a show, this is a chance to let people know what I can do.”

Saturday’s bout will be the Boston fighter’s first contest after switching to Manchester’s Gallagher’s Gym.

Under the tutelage of renowned trainer Joe Gallagher, Johnson has been training with the likes of Matt Macklin, Stephen Smith Jnr and Murray.

“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” Johnson continued.

“I’m training and sparring with champions and learning new things from Joe all the time. I’ve never felt this sharp.”

However, Johnson knows he will have to be in top shape to overcome Duncan, ranked Britain’s 12th-best light heavyweight, and who fights out of Brendan Ingle’s Sheffield gym.

“This fight is a step up for me,” said Johnson, who has previously stopped Irishman Phillip Townley, and was given the decision against Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle.

“But I expect to beat him.

“I’m not making any predictions, I’m not bothered what happens, as long as I win.

“I’m not going out to say I’ll knock him out, but if the opportunity comes then that’s something different.”

After making his first two pro outings in his adopted Glasgow - he represented Scotland as an amateur through a Scottish grandmother - this will be Johnson’s first contest in his native England.

Although still miles from Boston, he expects the Echo arena to be like a home fight. He said: “There’ll be a lot of my Scottish fans there because of the Burns fight, and I’ve sold about 90 tickets as well - and we all know how much noise the Boston people make.”