Callum Johnson

Callum Johnson (born 20 August 1985) is a British professional boxer. He challenged once for the IBF light heavyweight title in 2018. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth light heavyweight title from 2016 to 2018, and the British light heavyweight title in 2018. As an amateur, he won a gold medal whilst representing Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Callum Johnson
Nickname(s)The One
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Born20 August 1985 (1985-08-20) (age 34)
Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Boxing record
Total fights19
Wins by KO13

Amateur career

Callum began boxing at a local club in his home town of Boston from an early age but moved to train at Terry Allen Unique ABC in Lincoln by the time he was sixteen. He fought 40 times in international contests.[1] In total Johnson boxed on 120 occasions as an amateur winning 95.[2] Despite being English and living in Lincolnshire, Johnson boxed for Scotland for six years qualifying by way of his Grandmother who came from Springburn in Glasgow. For the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi he was made the captain of the Scottish boxing squad.[3]

Commonwealth Games

Johnson was part of the Scotland team to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Picked at the 81kg Light heavyweight category Johnson fought his way to the final beating the likes of Krystian Borucki of the Isle of Man in his first bout, defeating British number one Obed Mbwakongo representing England 6-2 in the quarter finals[4] and stopping Jermaine Asare of Wales in the semi's. In the final he claimed the gold medal with an 8-1 win over Northern Ireland's Thomas McCarthy. Speaking of his win Johnson said that he needed to keep his concentration following the attempts of his teammate Steve Simmons trying to play the Flower of Scotland on a Vuvuzela during the last 3 minutes of the fight. He said "I could hear Stevie, and, to be honest, in the last round I nearly started singing it myself...It was in my head - I was singing it in my head in the last 30 seconds. But you've got to keep focused, because it only takes one shot in this game."[5]

Professional career

Early career

After the Commonwealth Games Johnson made the decision to turn professional signing with promoter Frank Warren and being managed by former world champion Prince Naseem Hamed.[6] Speaking of signing professional forms Johnson said "It's fantastic to turn professional under Frank Warren who is the man to guide me to achieve my dream, to become world champion."[6] The decision to join Warren's stable of boxers meant that Johnson joined the likes of other former Commonwealth Games gold medalists to have turned pro with Warren including Scotsman Alex Arthur who won gold in 1998 and Stephen Smith, Jamie Cox and Don Broadhurst all of whom won gold in 2006.[6] Speaking of his decision to go into boxing management Naseem Hamed claimed that boxing had become "downtrodden" Johnson would add a bit of "sparkle" to the sport saying "Callum Johnson is going to be the guy to put that in. He is going to be the best breath of fresh air boxing can have." He added "I think his first ten fights will be ten knockouts and he'll be world champion within three years."[7]

On 4 December 2010 Johnson made his professional debut at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow boxing on the undercard of Ricky Burns world title defence against Andreas Evenson. The fight against Phillip Townley was stopped in the second round, handing Townley his first stoppage defeat and a first win for Johnson.[8] Speaking of the nature of the victory, Naseem Hamed said "This guy's got dynamite in his hands...I just feel that he is so explosive, so chilling. He throws his punches so correctly. That is one of the reasons I got involved with Callum Johnson."[8] His second fight took place on 14 March 2011, in which he faced Jody Meikle. The fight went on to the final stage and was won by points (40-35 to Callum). This marked his second victory in 2 professional fights, keeping his record as a 100% win.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
19 fights 18 wins 1 loss
By knockout 13 1
By decision 4 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
19 Win 18–1 Sean Monaghan TKO 3 (10), 0:23 9 Mar 2019 Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
18 Loss 17–1 Artur Beterbiev KO 4 (12), 2:36 6 Oct 2018 Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. For IBF light-heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Frank Buglioni TKO 1 (12), 1:31 24 Mar 2018 The O2 Arena, London, England Retained Commonwealth light heavyweight title;
Won British light heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Willbeforce Shihepo KO 9 (12), 2:07 24 Sep 2016 Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant Commonwealth light heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Norbert Szekeres TKO 1 (6), 2:32 18 Jun 2016 EventCity, Manchester, England
14 Win 14–0 Richard Horton TKO 1 (6), 1:18 7 May 2016 Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
13 Win 13–0 Tsvetozar Iliev PTS 4 26 Jun 2015 Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
12 Win 12–0 Jose Manuel Iglesias KO 1 (6), 1:17 11 Apr 2015 First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
11 Win 11–0 Bartlomiej Grafka TKO 2 (8), 1:59 7 Mar 2015 Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, England
10 Win 10–0 Josef Obeslo TKO 1 (6), 3:00 7 Nov 2014 North Kesteven Centre, Lincoln, England
9 Win 9–0 Luke Allon TKO 3 (6), 1:39 4 Oct 2014 First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
8 Win 8–0 Nathan King PTS 4 27 Jun 2014 Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
7 Win 7–0 Egidijus Kakstys TKO 2 (4), 2:10 17 May 2014 North Kesteven Centre, Lincoln, England
6 Win 6–0 John Anthony DQ 7 (8), 2:16 31 May 2013 Town Hall, Walsall, England Anthony disqualified for persistent holding
5 Win 5–0 James Tucker TKO 7 (8), 1:18 18 May 2012 Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England
4 Win 4–0 Tommy Tolan KO 1 (4), 1:30 10 Mar 2012 Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
3 Win 3–0 Lee Duncan PTS 4 16 Jul 2011 Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
2 Win 2–0 Jody Meikle PTS 4 12 Mar 2011 Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
1 Win 1–0 Phillip Townley TKO 2 (4), 1:34 4 Dec 2010 Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland


Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Bob Ajisafe
light-heavyweight champion

24 September 2016 – present
Preceded by
Frank Buglioni
British light-heavyweight champion
24 March 2018 – present
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