Now for a European title! Commonwealth champ Callum Johnson wastes no time going in search of his next target

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson has set his sights on winning a European title.

The Boston boxer won his first professional belt on Saturday night, knocking out Willbeforce Shihepo to become the Commonwealth light heavyweight champion.

But things move fast in boxing and the 31-year-old, with the enthusiastic support of promoter Eddie Hearn, is already thinking about further glory.

“I’d fight for a European title in my next fight, not a problem,” Johnson told The Standard.

“I’m confident I can step up.

“There’s more to come from me, people haven’t seen the best of me yet.”

Johnson finally landed the big right hand he was looking for in the ninth round of Saturday’s bout at the Manchester Arena, adding a second for good measure as Namibian Shihepo fell helpless to the canvas for just the second knockout defeat of his 32-fight career.

While Johnson was delighted to stretch his unbeaten pro record to 16 wins and add to the Commonwealth Gold medal he won at Delhi 2010, he admitted it was a ‘bittersweet’ occasion following the death of his dad and mentor Paul earlier this year.

“Of course, there’s a numbness to it all as my dad wasn’t there to see it,” he added.

“He’s always been my hero and my biggest inspiration, everything I do is for him and my family - to make them proud.

“Ever since I won gold in Delhi we always talked about winning the Commonwealth title as an amateur and a pro.

“Now that I’ve done it that’s for my dad.”