Wildcard comes up trumps! Callum Johnson’s masterclass with Freddie Roach continues

Johnson with Freddie Roach.
Johnson with Freddie Roach.

BOSTON light heavyweight Callum Johnson will return to the ring in September, after being put through his paces by top trainer Freddie Roach.

The boxer’s promotions team have pencilled in a late September date, yet to be announced, for his sixth professional bout.

It is also hoped he will fight in December and the new year.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist is currently preparing for action with a two-week training camp in Los Angeles.

In the USA, Johnson has sparred with some of America’s upcoming young fighters as well as being worked hard by Roach, the man behind Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

“Training alongside boxing greats like (three-weight world champion) Shane Mosley is a crazy experience,” Johnson wrote to The Standard this week.

“We’re training under Joe as usual but Freddie is giving us pad work and ideas as well.”

Johnson is one of seven members of Joe Gallagher’s Manchester-based gym that have jetted out to train at Hollywood’s famous Wildcard Gym.

And the LA lifestyle is also one that suits the boxing world’s hard man image.

Within 24 hours of landing, Johnson had rubbed shoulders with Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger.