Title hopeful Johnson will lap up the crowd buzz

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson is hoping a big crowd will help spur him on to win the light heavyweight Commonwealth title.

The 31-year-old Boston boxer will face Namibian Willbeforce Shihepo for the vacant belt at the Manchester Arena on September 24.

“I always buzz off a big crowd,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

“I always perform better on those big nights, when you really get going.

“I want this belt, and I’m hoping the crowd - there could be about 12,000 or 15,000 there - will get behind me.”

Johnson has won all 15 of his pro fights, with Shihepo, 33, winning 23, 17 by knockout, and losing eight times.