Advertisement
Advertisement

Callum Johnson Talks About His Career, Gallagher's Gym

By Phil D. Jay

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Callum “The One” Johnson has been speaking to me about his recent move to Joe Gallagher’s Gym in Denton, Manchester. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist joins the likes of John Murray, Matthew Macklin and Paul Smith at one of the most talented gyms in the UK.

The 25-year-old from Boston, Lincolnshire, who represented Scotland successfully in Dehli last year through his Scottish grandmother, joined up with the group of champions earlier this week and has been relishing training alongside British, European and titleholders for the past couple of days.

“It’s going really well so far, I am enjoying it,” Johnson told WBN. “The first couple of days have really brought the sparkle back to training for me. Joe (Gallagher) is a terrific coach and I am looking forward to learning from him in the future.”

“I always planned to move to a professional base after a couple of pro fights, as I have been training with my Dad and my amateur coaches for the past five years and with Joe Gallagher’s knowledge, the fighters here, like Macklin and the Smith brothers, there seemed like only one place to come.”

Johnson is 2-0, with one knockout since joining the professional ranks after the Dehli games and is now under the tutelage of former WBC, WBO and IBF featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed, who had predicted great things for his charge, including ten straight knockouts and a world title within three years.

“Naz likes to make his predictions, I have never been one for that and can’t let that affect me. I just want to win my first ten fights, no matter how they come. I found myself trying to load up in my first two fights, trying to knock out my opponents, but I have to bide my time and if a knockout comes, it comes.”

With the recent Prizefighter tournament and Rocky Fieldling’s success after just three professional fights, I asked Callum whether it would be something he might be interested in as it could fast track him through the rankings with just one night’s work and put him on the brink of a title shot.

“That’s all down to the team, to Frank and Naz, it’s in their hands. If they think it’s something I can benefit from, then I would do it. I wouldn’t rule anything out at this stage.

“Right now, I don’t know when I am back in the ring; I am hoping to get on the May 21st bill, which would be a great card to fight on at the O2 Arena, but I am just waiting to hear.

“I have just got to keep winning and take each fight one at a time. A domestic title in the near future would be great. I will just leave in the hands of Naz and Frank and hopefully a world title will come, no matter how long it takes.”

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net

Tags: Callum Johnson image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joehenry83 on 04-04-2011

Callum Johnson is definately one for the future. I just hope Frank and naz dont rush him on too quick and give him time to adapt to the pros. I seen him fight a couple of times as an amatuer…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Conor Benn With Brutal First Round Knockout of Lukas Radic Dillian Whyte Knocks Out Ivica Bacurin in Six Rounds Anthony Joshua: I Need To Break Dominic Breazeale Right Down Porter: Won’t Be a Brook Performance From Me; I Want Rematch Breazeale To Anthony Joshua: There is a New Lion in Town Photos: Jason Sosa Gets Off The Deck, Stops Javier Fortuna Joshua-Breazeale on Showtime: CompuBox Historical Review Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale: Anthony Ogogo Wins Eubank: Is Golovkin Ready To Step Up? Fight Someone Not Scared! Frank Warren Tabs Andre Ward To Overcome Sergey Kovalev Oscar Molina, Jarrett Hurd Aim to Make Most of Surprise CBS Slot Porter: Fighting Me Will Be A Shock To Keith Thurman's System Arum: Ramirez Confident of What He Can Do Against Golovkin Frank Warren To Hearn: Joshua is Number 1? Let Him Prove It! Daily Bread Mailbag: Danny Garcia, Lomachenko, Thurman, More Semajay Thomas Embraces How Boxing Changed His Life Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep Easily Stops Outmatched Opponent Parker: Soon Joshua's Confidence Will Be Tested Against Me Golovkin's Coach: We Never Asked Andre Ward For 164 Weight George Groves Entering Last-Chance Saloon Against Murray LaRon Mitchell Stops Epifanio Mendoza in Three Rounds Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter: Pre-Fight Report Card Ricardo Rodriguez Beats David Quijano in Boxeo Telemundo Canelo's Manager Taking Smith Serious, Expects Dangerous Fight Photos: Vargas Rubs Shoulders With Mayweather at BWAA Awards Canelo's Manager To Critics: We're Back To Our Natural Weight! Kenny Porter Not Concerned With Layoff as Thurman Shot Nears Arum: Thurman-Porter is Good Fight, Hope it Gets Good Rating Thurman Reflects on His Long Journey, Lessons Along The Way Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Kell Brook, Thurman vs. Porter Photos/Weights: PBC on NBCSN - Justin DeLoach-Junior Castillo Photos: Mike Alvarado vs. Josh Torres, Korobov-Vera Weighin DiBella Breaks Down Thurman-Porter, Isn't Sure Who Wins Povetkin, Ryabinsky To Hold Meeting With WBC Next Week Liam Smith: I Will Shake Up The World When I Beat Canelo Groves Explains His Version of Events in Golovkin Sparring Tale Photos: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter Ready For Barclays War Weights from Brooklyn: Porter Strips to 147, Thurman at 146 Liam Smith vs. Canelo Alvarez - Fight Poster Revealed Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Finalized at 154, 9/17 on PPV
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement