Johnson’s ready for Braehead battle

Callum Johnson with his Commonwealth Games medal
Callum Johnson with his Commonwealth Games medal

CALLUM Johnson can’t wait for tomorrow’s ‘Lincolnshire derby’ - as he steps into the ring for his second professional fight.

“I’ve been doing a lot of sparring and I’m feeling sharp,” said the Boston light-heavyweight.

“I’m definitely as ready as I’ll ever be. I just want to get going.”

Johnson - who won gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games last year - faces Scunthorpe fighter Jody Meikle at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena tomorrow night.

“It’s a Lincolnshire derby, but that doesn’t change anything,” he added.

“Just because he’s from the same county as me doesn’t mean there’s anything to add to the fight.

“I’m just going to go out there and do the job as I always would, no matter who I’m in there with.

“But I know the kid. He’s a rough-house fighter and I’ve got to be prepared for that.”

Johnson versus Meikle is on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO super-feathewrweight title defence against Joseph Laryea.

Meikle suffered a points defeat to Dan Woodgate at Bethnall Green’s York Hall on Saturday, despite Woodgate fighting with a shoulder injury.

The former amateur heavyweight has lost his first three fights on points.

But Johnson is still taking his opponent seriously, despite remaining confident.

“Upsets happen in sport. That’s why I’ve got to do everything right. But I’m still predicting I’ll win,” he added.

Johnson - who is managed by Naseem Hamed and promoted by Frank Warren - announced his arrival on the pro circuit with the second-round stoppage of Phillip Townley in December.