CALLUM JOHNSON shall be again in motion on April twenty fourth after greater than TWO YEARS of inactivity. The Queensberry beginner will return on the cardboard headlined by Denzel Bentley’s defence of his British title in opposition to Felix Money.
Johnson insists he’s heading in the right direction for a second world title problem and large home clashes in opposition to fellow Queensberry boxers Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde, however first should shake off the ring rust as he battles skilled Bosnian, Emil Markic (32-2, 24 KO’s).
‘The One’ faces Markic for the vacant WBO International Gentle-Heavyweight title over ten rounds in London on Saturday April 24, (dwell on BT Sport).
Boston’s Johnson who lately returned to Frank Warren’s steady hasn’t boxed since a powerful stoppage win in opposition to American Sean Monaghan in March 2019.
The previous British and Commonwealth champion mentioned: “I’ve been out for 2 years, however I’m not bothered what stage I come again at. I’m a fighter on the finish of the day.
“There’s strain after two years out. I simply hope I keep in mind to do it proper once I get again in there. I’m certain I’ll.”
Johnson (18-1, 13KOs) was fearless when he challenged IBF World title holder Artur Beterbiev in October 2018. He floored the division’s primary man earlier than shedding within the fourth spherical of a brutal battle.
Callum who began his profession with Warren believes the Corridor of Fame promoter will get him again within the large time at residence and on the worldwide stage.
He additionally hopes a possible match that includes Commonwealth champion Arthur, Yarde and himself shall be a giant attraction for followers.
“I simply need exercise, to be in thrilling fights and have an amazing couple of years,” Johnson added.
“I feel Lyndon and Anthony are good fighters, however I imagine I’m the most effective within the nation and would beat anyone.
“Do I imagine I’ll beat them two? A million per-cent.
“Are they good fighters? In fact they’re. It’s good that there are just a few good fighters in our division that makes it so thrilling.
“We are able to all struggle one another. It may be just like the UFC the place just a few fighters can struggle one another and a loss doesn’t matter.
“You will get again just a few months later and struggle one other man so it’s thrilling and one thing followers will like.”
Markic turned skilled in June 2012 and twice received the WBO European Gentle-Heavyweight title, however by no means defended that crown after victories on the street in opposition to Denis Liebau and Kavin Gebhard.
He has received seven fights on the spin since shedding to world ranked Umar Salamov in Might 2017, however Johnson is unconcerned by his rival’s kind.
Callum mentioned: “Folks will see I’ve been out for some time, however I haven’t been off the scene. I’ve been within the gymnasium, sparring, stayed match and wholesome.
“Till the night time we received’t know, however I’m not anticipating to indicate a lot ring rust and to do a job on Markic.”
Headlining the behind closed doorways present is Battersea’s Denzel Bentley (14-0-1, 12KOs) who makes the primary defence of his British Middleweight title in opposition to obligatory challenger Felix Money (13-0, 9 KOs), who shall be risking his Commonwealth championship.
The present may also see the return to motion of Queensberry starlet’s David Adeleye, George Davey, Henry Turner, James Heneghan and Karol Itauma.