Callum Johnson says he felt ‘like a man possessed’ when he made his fight return on Saturday night.
From the first bell, the Boston light heavyweight dominated his bout against Egidijus Kakstys, so much so that the Lithuanian’s corner threw in the towel in the second round.
“I was a bit disappointed, I wanted to put him on the canvas if I’m being honest,” admitted Johnson, who was fighting for the first time in 12 months.
“I was like a man possessed.
“That’s one year of frustration and inactivity coming out in one fight.
“As soon as that bell went I knew I was going to go off like a bottle of pop.”
While Kakstys (4-21-2) was a brave competitor, he was no match for the Commonwealth Games gold medallist - who stretched his unbeaten professional record to seven wins - soaking up shots throughout most of the bout.
The weekend’s venue, North Hykeham’s North Kesteven Leisure Centre, may be a far cry from Glasgow’s Braehead Arena, where 5,000 fans have cheered on the Bostonian’s victories in the past.
But fighting professionally in his home county for the first time brought a different challenge for the 28-year-old.
He said: “There was about 190 of my fans who came to watch me.
“I’ve fought in front of thousands of people before, but never in front of so many of my own friends and fans.
“It’s a different sort of pressure, but you can’t afford to let yourself think too much about anything other than doing your job.
“I’m really grateful for all the support they give me.”
Johnson may have fought just twice in the past two years.
But now he is free from his contract with promoter Frank Warren, and a number of promised bouts that fell through, he is eyeing up a swift return to the ring next month.
Although dates and opponents are yet to be settled, Johnson’s manager and trainer Joe Gallagher isn’t short on offers.
“I just want to get back in there and fight,” he added. “But at the same time I’ve got to make sure I fight the right people. I know that I’m good enough to go on and win titles, I just can’t rush into things.”