At 34, Callum Johnson is ready for another world title opportunity. Building his resume one fight at a time, “The One” has specific fighters on his mind when it comes to a bout. One of them happens to be Joshua Buatsi.
Speaking on Matchroom Boxing’s “Lockdown Tapes” podcast, Johnson (18-1) talked about how he is hoping to face the current WBA International Light-Heavyweight Champion.
“The Buatsi fight is going to happen,” said Johnson. “It’s the easier fight to make and whether it happens next or the one after I believe it will and it’s a good fight that will generate a lot of interest with the British fight fans.”
Johnson was originally scheduled to face Igor Mikhalkin for the vacant EBU European Light-Heavyweight Championship on May 2. The fight was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no further news on when it would be booked again. A Commonwealth and British Light-Heavyweight Champion, winning the European title is something Johnson craves for. He also hopes to get back to world title glory, as he had a taste of it in 2018. Facing Artur Beterbiev for the IBF Light-heavyweight Title, Johnson lost via knockout in the fourth round.
Buatsi (12-0) won the WBA International Light-Heavyweight Title in a bout against Andrejs Pokumeiko. He has defended it four times, last beating Ryan Ford in August via KO. If Johnson can get a European Title fight and then face Buatsi, his list would almost be complete. He has been imagining the possibilities for a while.
“It may be tough to get a World Title shot but if the European Title clash happens then that will put me right back up there in contention,” Johnson went on to say. “If I am European Champ I feel the promoters can make it happen but it’s also down to getting the opportunities.
“I have got to focus on getting that European belt as it is a good one for the collection and I’d have British, Commonwealth, European then go for the World. When things do get back to normal I will be ready. I’m training really hard and consistently and I think I’m in the best shape of my life.”
A gold medalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Johnson believes he has 2-3 more years of exciting boxing to give. With the current situation going on with the coronavirus, the motivation to be the best has increased exponentially.
Will Johnson end up getting a fight against Buatsi?