35-year-old light heavyweight slugger Callum Johnson has once again joined forces with former promoter Frank Warren in an effort to get his stop-and-go career back on track.
✍️ ✍️— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) February 18, 2021
We are absolutely delighted to welcome light heavyweight contender @CallumTheOne to Queensberry.
This man become a World Light Heavyweight Champion pic.twitter.com/NSe3FacroH
Details of his next fight “will be revealed shortly.”
“I want to be in the best possible fights domestically and on the world stage. Frank is the man to deliver those fights,” said Johnson. “It wasn’t happening for me elsewhere, and Frank has a good stable of Light-Heavyweights so returning to him made sense.”
He added, “I am fresh and feel like I am 25. The only hard war I’ve had was the Beterbiev fight and I have so much more left. When I am running my times are better than ever and I am lifting heavier weights than I have done before. I am very fresh for my age. A lot of damage can also happen in sparring, but I have never really had hard spars and never had wars as an amateur.”
Johnson (18-1, 13 KO) is coming up on two years of inactivity and has fought just three times since 2016. From March 2018 to March 2019, “The One” blew away Frank Buglioni in 91 seconds, floored Artur Beterbiev early before succumbing to his power, and smashed Seanie Monaghan in three. A European title fight with Igor Mikhalkin fell through due to COVID, and trainer Joe Gallagher claims that he agreed to fights with Dmitry Bivol and Joshua Buatsi before getting ghosted.
As the press release points out, this move potentially sets up marquee domestic clashes with Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde. The pair fought this past December, with Arthur taking a competitive split decision.