Johnson eyes year to relish

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson is determined to make the next 12 months the best of his boxing career.

After a frustrating two years - in which a number of postponed shows meant he fought just once - the Boston light heavyweight proved he still has that winning mentality as he earned a second-round victory against Lithuanian Egidijus Kakstys last Saturday.

But now the 28-year-old knows he has to build on that success, and that’s why he’s desperate to step back into the ring next month.

“Nothing’s 100 per cent confirmed yet, but I sould be fighting in June,” Johnson told The Standard.

“Joe (Gallagher, his trainer and manager) has had a few offers and we’re deciding what will be best for me.”

Johnson turned professional in late 2010, just days after winning Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi.

With Frank Warren as his promoter, Naseem Hamed his manager and, not long after, Gallagher becoming his coach, it appeared that it wouldn’t be long until boxing’s newest rising star was fighting for a title.

But since entering the pro game, Johnson has fought just seven times.

All those bouts ended in victory, but they came too few and far between for the Bostonian to build up the momentum he was looking for, at one point leaving Johnson so frustrated that he even considered hanging up his gloves.

But now, with that seventh victory under his belt, that spark is back.

“It felt great to win that fight,” he added. “It makes you remember just how good it feels to win. You realise why you spend your life dedicated to sport.

“I just want to get back in there straight away. I’d fight again tomorrow if I could.”