Callum Johnson: I would take the Smith fight next, then face Arthur & Yarde


Callum Johnson says he would take a fight with WBO champion, Joe Smith Jr ahead of his return against Emil Markic on Saturday Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA/Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Callum Johnson says he would take a struggle with WBO champion, Joe Smith Jr forward of his return towards Emil Markic on Saturday Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA/Mikey Williams/Prime Rank

Callum Johnson says he could be welcome a showdown with recently-crowned WBO Gentle Heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr, earlier than going through home rivals Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde.

Former world title challenger, Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) makes his long-awaited return when he faces veteran Croat, Emil Markic (32-2, 24 KOs) on the undercard of the British and Commonwealth Middleweight title conflict between Denzel Bentley and Felix Money at York Corridor on Saturday, dwell on BT Sport.

The Boston man, who re-signed with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions in February dropped now unified champion, Artur Beterbiev earlier than being stopped in an unsuccessful bid to say the IBF title in a four-round fire-fight in 2018.

The 35-year-old has ambitions of securing one other world title alternative, significantly towards Smith Jr, who claimed the vacant belt with a majority resolution win over Maxim Vlasov earlier this month and can then goal Queensberry stablemates Arthur and Yarde, who’re on track for a rematch later this yr.

“I’ve seen a great deal of feedback on social media saying, ‘Joe Smith v Callum Johnson, what a struggle,’ and it’s one which excites me,” Johnson stated forward of his struggle with Markic.

“It’s an attention-grabbing division and there are a number of of us who need to get that shot at Smith.

 

“If Bob Arum known as Frank and supplied me the struggle — a million p.c I’d take it in a heartbeat.

“I wouldn’t must suppose twice. That’s the place I need to go and I’d leap straight in with Smith subsequent if I may.

“If Frank needs to push me for WBO title I’m all up for successful it towards Smith and coming again to face Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde.

“Stylistically, Joe and myself is an effective struggle. It has been talked about earlier than, is straightforward to make and one which followers like.”

Joe Smith Jr became the new WBO Light Heavyweight world champion with a majority decision win over Maxim Vlasov in Tulsa Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
Joe Smith Jr grew to become the brand new WBO Gentle Heavyweight world champion with a majority resolution win over Maxim Vlasov in Tulsa Picture Credit score: Mikey Williams/Prime Rank through Getty Pictures

‘The One’ didn’t struggle in 2020, along with his final outing being a 3rd spherical stoppage of Sean Monaghan in March 2019 and Saturday ends an over two-year absence.

Johnson, who’s skilled by Joe Gallagher says though he’s concentrating on world degree operators like Smith Jr, he insists there isn’t any room to miss the skilled 38-year-old.

Johnson stopped Sean Monaghan in three rounds in his last fight in March 2019 Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA
Johnson stopped Sean Monaghan in three rounds in his final struggle in March 2019 Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

“I do really feel I’d beat Joe and convey that title again, however I’ve to consider Markic,” Johnson added.

“I’m anticipated to win and assured I’ll win, however Markic is not any slouch. I can’t look previous him. On the identical time fighters do suppose what would possibly come.

Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde are future opponents for Johnson Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde are future opponents for Johnson Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

“Markic is a good opponent after a protracted lay-off. He has a very good report and might clearly punch a bit taking a look at his knockout ratio.

“He’s an opponent that I’m not wanting previous or taking flippantly, that’s for positive.

“After I re-signed with Frank I didn’t care who I fought. I simply wished to get on the market.

“I’m as recent as a daisy, however not a younger lad. I don’t need to come again with six and eight rounders as a result of I’m previous all that.

“There isn’t a level and I haven’t bought time.

“It’s straight again in and getting again to the place I need to be.”



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