Callum Johnson: I Can KO Anyone at 175 - I'd Love Dmitry Bivol

On Saturday night in Verona, New York, light heavyweight contender Callum Johnson blew away Sean Monaghan in three rounds.

Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) bounced back from a TKO defeat at the hands of IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev.

Monaghan (29-3, 17 KOs) was no match for the power of Johnson, who also had Beterbiev down before getting clipped by the champion later on.

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In the main event of the same card. WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol used his speed and sharp combinations to dominate Joe Smith Jr. over twelve rounds.

The judges awarded Bivol a lopsided unanimous decision with scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110.

Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs), 28-years-old, is looking for a big fight in his next return - at 175 or even the super middleweight limit of 168 - and Johnson may present too much risk without enough reward. 

Johnson was very pleased with the victory and hopes to fight again in the United States, and has no issue facing Bivol on American soil.

“I thought it was a good performance, I can’t say it was perfect. I learned a lot from Beterbiev fight. I would love to fight [Dmitry Bivol] and I think these people would love to see me back in America," Johnson said.

 “I needed the win to get back on track. But mentally, I needed that loss more. I think that got me in the place that I learned what I need to do in camp now, the little things. Working on tactics and my diet and things like that. Eddie is here to make sure that I am getting the biggest fights so I can make money for my family.”

 “There isn’t a fighter that is out there in the light heavy division that is stronger than me. I have the power to knock anyone out. I know I had a tough competitor ahead of me in Monaghan. I enjoyed myself out there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by slimPickings on 03-11-2019

[QUOTE=Robertthebruce;19574770]As long as you don't try fighting Beterbiev again...Bivol or Kovalev would be better options...maybe try fight the next hype job Yarde[/QUOTE] Bivol DESTROYS him..with all due respect to him!! When the dust finally settles, Bivol is going to be…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 03-11-2019

Like to see Johnson in with Buatsi. I’d say Yarde too but that’s not going to happen

Comment by Adamsc151 on 03-11-2019

Might be a closer match-up than Bivol vs Smith Jr. Calum Johnson hits just as hard as Smith Jr but is definitely a more polished boxer - not as slick as Bivol though. Late stoppage or approximately 8-4 on the…

Comment by theface07 on 03-11-2019

[QUOTE=Brooklyn926;19574753]Joe smith would stop Johnson.[/QUOTE] I have my doubts about that. They are both big punchers. I would argue that Johnson has better fundamentals and has a better chance of catching Smith first with a big shot. Now whether or…

Comment by mlac on 03-11-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19574531]Battle of the Callums? Smith vs. Johnson @ 175! Why not?[/QUOTE] Give me Joe Smith Jnr V Callum Johnson, the construction worker takes him out early imo! :boxing:

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