CALLUM Johnson hailed his weekend victory over James Tucker as the best of his promising professional career to date.
The Boston boxer - nicknamed The One - became just the the third man to stop the slugger in his 59-fight career at Bowlers, near Manchester, on Friday night.
“That was my best fight as a pro,” Johnson told The Standard.
“I was pleased because we had a game plan that worked perfectly.
“I took my time and picked the shots I wanted before I finally finished him off in the seventh round.
“He’s proved he was a tough kid so I didn’t try to bully him, I just wore him down.”
After previous stoppages against Philip Townley and Tommy Tolan, plus decisions against Lee Duncan and Jody Meikle, former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Johnson took his record in the light heavyweight ranks to five straight victories.
This was the first time Johnson has fought over four rounds, but he was more than comfortable.
He added: “I think I proved that by the way I fought.
“I’ve gone that far in the gym plenty of times so I knew I could do it.
“It’s all about planning. A fight’s won and lost in the gym, and we showed we got everything right against a good kid.”
The bout was due to take place at Oldham Sports Centre, but was switched to Bowlers just two days before the fight went ahead, due to licensing issues.
However, Johnson was unfazed.
“A ring’s a ring,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter where it is, I’ll just get in there and do my thing.”
Following two days off, Johnson - who trains at Manchester’s Gallagher’s Gym - was back in training as he prepares for a proposed fight in July.
No opponent has yet been sought, but Johnson hopes for more tough experience.