“Take my head off” - Johnson

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson is challenging Czech fighter Josef Obeslo to ‘try to take his head off’.

The two light heavyweights will go toe-to-toe in North Hykeham on Friday evening, with Johnson favourite to stretch his unbeaten professional record into double figures.

“I don’t know a lot about him, but I do know he’s hard to beat,” said Johnson of his opponent, who has won five and lost 18 of his 25 contests, but who has only been stopped twice.

“I’ve said it before, you don’t get paid overtime in there, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking to put him down.

“In a way it would be nice to test myself against another tough fighter, but I find that most of my opponents are more interested in looking after themselves rather than having a go at me.

“Some try but give up when they find out what my strength’s like, but I want somebody to come out and fight me - to try to take my head off.”

North Hykeham’s North Kesteven Sports Centre may be a far cry to Leeds’ First District Arena where Johnson stopped Luke Allon in April.

But the 29-year-old says the Lincolnshire venue has plenty of advantages.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

“I’m hoping to have a lot more bigger fights next year, so I’m going to enjoy these fights when I can.”