Callum Johnson has been preparing with trainer Joe Gallagher for British title fight
Callum Johnson says Frank Buglioni will be forced to forget about his ambitious plans when their British light-heavyweight title fight is finally staged next month.
The unbeaten challenger had to pull out of a fight with Buglioni due to health issues last October, but was cleared to return to training for a rescheduled title shot on the Dillian Whyte-Lucas Browne bill at The O2 on March 24, live on Sky Sports.
Whyte battles Browne on Sky Sports
Dillian Whyte faces Lucas Browne at The O2 on March 24, live on Sky Sports
Buglioni, who defeated replacement opponent Craig Richards on points, has talked about stepping up to world title level again, but Johnson insists he will be taking the British belt and his opponent’s lofty ranking.
“It’s been a while since I’ve fought and I’m counting down the days,” said Johnson, who has been absent since a Commonwealth title win over Willbeforce Shihepo in September 2016.
I heard Frank say he wants to wipe out the whole of the domestic division. My plans are to derail Frank’s ambitions
“I pulled my chest muscle, which was the initial problem. I went to the hospital to have an x-ray and they then found something else which needed extra testing to make sure everything was okay, and there wasn’t any underlying problem. I’ve had all of the tests and now we’re fully firing back in training.
“The division is thriving at the minute. I heard Frank say he wants to wipe out the whole of the domestic division. My plans are to derail Frank’s ambitions. It’s not personal, but at the end of the day I want what he’s got.
Buglioni says experience played a big part in his win over Craig Richards Buglioni says experience played a big part in his win over Craig Richards
“It’s not just the belt, it’s everything that comes with it. He’s world ranked with a few of the governing bodies. He’s only a few fights away from big, big fights. I win and I’ll take his place, there’s a lot at stake.
“What’s happened is in the past. We’re here now and ready to put on a show and do the business.”
In the main event, Whyte defends his WBC ‘silver’ heavyweight title against Browne, with the winner edging closer to a fight with one of the division’s world champions.