I AM DELIGHTED we have been able to add two top quality, already battle-hardened operators to our squad at Queensberry Promotions with the signings of Callum Johnson and Zach Parker.
As far as they – and I – are concerned, they are good to go. Straight in at the highest level because they have shown they belong there. It is a little bit unusual for us because we normally build fighters from scratch, so it will be nice to take a shortcut for a change.
Callum is recognized in the rankings as the No.1 light heavyweight in Britain and his priority is for a second tilt at a world title after giving such a good account of himself against the formidable Artur Beterbiev. He followed this up with a resounding victory over Sean Monaghan in early 2019 and it is a pity that he – through no fault of his own – has lost a little momentum since then.
Our job will be to get him firing on all cylinders again and, along with his ambitions at world title level, we have a couple of tasty assignments waiting for him on the domestic front, with him hopefully coming in as world champion.
Zach is the WBO No.1 ranked super middleweight in the world and he has flown a little bit under the radar in working himself into top spot. He looks like a top-notch fighter who can box and also carries significant power.
The Derby man is in mandatory position for the title currently held by Billy Joe Saunders but, with Bill seemingly set to jump in with Canelo in May, this could well change and he could be in line for a crack at the Mexican superstar or even end up fighting for a vacant title.
We will see, but first we will get him active again, starting on our Copper Box card on March 26 and I look forward to him carrying the Queensberry flag on his world title journey.