“They wanted their man out before he ended up on the canvas!” Johnson shocked as swiftness of Grafka victory

Callum Johnson in action against Bartlomiej Grafka.
Callum Johnson in action against Bartlomiej Grafka.

Callum Johnson admitted he was fired up and ready before Saturday’s bout with Bartlomiej Grafka.

And there could be no arguing with that statement as the Boston boxer earned a second-round victory over the Pole in Grantham.

It was a contest where the gulf in class was evident right from the first bell.

Grafka rarely threw a punch, let alone connected with a decent swing, while most of Johnson’s blows were telling.

Grafka looked angrily at his corner when they threw the towel into the ring, but Johnson was in no doubt that it was the right decision.

“I can understand that some people in the crowd weren’t happy,” said Johnson, who apologised about the swiftness of the retirement to his fans on social media.

“But I can see where his corner were coming from.

“Those people in crowd aren’t getting hit by the punches, so they don’t know how powerful they are.

“I’m surprised they threw the towel in when they did. But I can understand why, I was on top of him and they wanted their man out before he ended up on the canvas.”

Saturday’s bout was originally pencilled in as a British title eliminator, until first opponent Joe McIntyre was forced to pull out due to a hand injury.

Knowing the importance of his original bout, Johnson had worked hard to get himself in the best possible shape for the contest.

And he says that was evident as he brushed his opponent aside with ease.

“I was ready for the fight, really ready for it,” he added.

“I think you could see that when we were in the ring.

“There was a diference between us, but I was really focusing for the fight because it was going to be a British title eliminator.

“Maybe that’s why the fight ended so quickly.

“You could see from the fight that I was looking sharp.”

Before Saturday the Pole had won 11 of his 26 bouts, and Johnson refused to underestimate his rival’s ability.

“If you look at his record, it’s not too bad,” he added.

“He’s been in there with some really tough opponents so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

“I watched some of his fight videos and he looked good.”

Johnson - who won Commonwealth Games gold at Delhi 2010 - has now won all 11 of his professional bouts - eight of those finishing early.

He is now eyeing a swift return to the ring, and wants to have the gloves back on as soon as April.

“I want to be back in there as soon as possible,” he added.

“It was just one-and-a-half rounds so I’m ready to go again.

“I’d really want my next fight to be a tougher test.

“But at the end of the day I’m confident I can beat whoever I fight.

“Anyone can look good on paper and have a good record, but I believe that I can still finish them off early.

“Hopefully I can keep on winning fights and get a British title shot.”