FightPost Boxer of the Week: Callum Johnson
By Gary Kittilsen
In a loaded weekend of prizefighting that saw numerous world champions defend their titles, it was a veteran contender that produced the most spectacular performance of the weekend. Callum “The One” Johnson met up with native New Yorker Seanie Monaghan at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY in what was a crossroads fight between two all action, fan-friendly light heavyweights.
Johnson is now 33-years old and is coming off a loss to IBF champ Artur Beterbiev in what was a highly entertaining slugfest. If Johnson is going to get back in position to challenge for a world title he would have to not only dispose of tough guys like Monaghan but would have to look spectacular in doing so.
Johnson did just that in blasting out the New Yorker in front of his home crowd in three brutal rounds. In a fight that many expected to be a brutal back and forth slugfest, quickly became a one-sided mismatch. From basically the opening bell Johnson displayed a noticeable advantage in punching power and physical strength, punishing Monaghan with flush right hands to the head and. Badly marking up Monaghan’s face by the second round.
Despite his face being a bloody mess, Monaghan kept pressing forward and walked face first into a massive right hand that dropped him. Monaghan got to his feet and was quickly sent back down to the canvas, luckily he was saved by the bell. However, the third round started as the second ended and with the Lincolnshire native smelling blood he jumped on his hurt opponent and closed out the show in highly impressive fashion. Landing a barrage of power punches that forced the referee to jump in and call a halt to the fight.at just 23 seconds of the third round.
Johnson was nothing short of spectacular in his performance and surpassed all expectations in scoring the three-round blow out over a tough opponent and doing so in such a fan-friendly way, that he was able to win over many of the American fans who were in attendance at the Turning Stone Casino.
The win coupled with the fans reaction has likely secured Johnson another big fight on another DAZN card in the United States in the near future. A title shot against WBA champ Dmitry Bivol, who successfully defended his strap in the main event of the card, and also fights on DAZN, could certainly be a real possibility for late 2019