CALLUM JOHNSON says it’s “a gutter” not to be boxing alongside Light-Heavyweight rivals Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde next month.
WBO number one contender Arthur and Yarde return to the ring at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday July 10, live on BT Sport.
Former British and Commonwealth champion Johnson believes he may have stolen their thunder but injury means he cannot box on the bill as planned.
“I have had a few niggles that I thought would heal quicker, but I am back in training and will be ready for August,” said Johnson who came through a two round war against Emil Markic in April.
“It is a little bit of a gutter not being on the same bill as Lyndon and Anthony on July 10, but not the end of the world.
“It will only be another few weeks before Frank Warren has me out again, but I would have liked to be on that card.
“Firstly for the excitement of all three of us being on it and secondly to get out a bit quicker.
“I don’t think Lyndon or Anthony are as exciting as I am. I don’t think there are many fighters out there who are as exciting as me.
“The Markic fight brought a lot of excitement and everyone was talking about it. There are a lot of people who can’t wait to see me back out again.
“It’s a good card Queensberry are putting on at the Royal Albert Hall and they both have business to take care of. It looks like they are going to be having a rematch.”
Arthur took a split decision over Yarde when they met last December and promoter Warren has announced that a rematch is set to take place in the autumn.
If Johnson doesn’t get a second world title fight earlier, he will certainly be in the mix to fight the pair.
“They have both got to look good at the Royal Albert Hall trying to prove they are the best out of each other and to get people thinking they are the best in the country,” added Johnson who suffered his only loss in a thrilling World title challenge against Artur Beterbiev in October 2018.
“I think I would favor Arthur in the rematch, but it is a tough fight for both of them.
“Arthur deserved to win the first fight, but it wasn’t clear cut. He never dominated it massively, but did enough.
“These are exciting times because we all have a point to prove and all chasing the same thing.”