Champ Johnson relishes becoming a target

Callum Johnson.
Callum Johnson.

Callum Johnson knows he will be a target for fighters looking to steal his Commonwealth title and make a name for themselves.

But the Boston boxer - who is expected to announce full details of a return to the ring very soon - is relishing the chance to put put any pretenders to his throne back in their place.

“Everyone will want a piece of me now, I know that,” he told The Standard after knocking out Willbeforce Shihepo to claim the vacant light heavyweight title in Manchester last month.

“I’ve got a belt now and that means you become a target.

“Everyone knows your name and everyone wants a piece of you.”

But 31-year-old Johnson, who is now setting his sights on fighting for a European title, is relishing the rise in his stock.

And having a belt only makes him more determined to stop others from pulling it round their waists.

“All I can say is bring it on,” he added.

“Whether I’ve got a title or not, I don’t go into the ring looking to get beat.

“If anyone wants to try to take the belt off me then I’ll show them it’s not going to be easy.”

Johnson - who received a rousing ovation as he showed his belt off at Boston United this weekend - is unbeaten in his 16 pro fights and believes that he will soon be adding more ticks to the W column.

He was quick to praise coach Joe Gallagher and the promotion team led by Eddie Hearn, which he believes also played their part in his title.

“When you’ve got the Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year and Matchroom behind you you feel like you can only get bigger and better,” he continued.