Callum Johnson is hoping home comforts can help him stretch his unbeaten boxing record into double figures.
The 29-year-old light heavyweight (pictured) is preparing to face Czech strongman Josef Obeslo at North Hykeham’s North Kesteven Sports Centre on Friday night.
Following a successful amateur career which has seen him fight across the globe, Johnson turned pro after winning Commonwealth Games Gold in Delhi in 2010.
Since then his nine victories have come across Great Britain, at venues in Scotland, Manchester, Walsall, Liverpool and Leeds.
But Friday will be only the second time he has fought for a purse in his home county.
“It’s good for me. I like sleeping in my own bed the night before instead of getting those hotel nerves,” Johnson told The Standard.
“It means I can sit at home the night before and put the PlayStation on or go into town and chill out and have a coffee.
“As an amateur I’ve fought internationals in front of about 10 people or 4,000 fans.
“I’m prepared for anything, but it’s nicer to be at home with your family and friends around you.”
Twenty-six-year-old Obeslo has won five of his 25 bouts, two of those coming by knockout.
He has two draws to his name. However, just two of his 18 defeats have come from stoppages.