By Kenny Leavett – Callum Johnson has made claims that he isn’t scared of facing the hard-punching knockout artist Artur Beterbiev.
The 33-year-old Brit from Boston will take on the unbeaten IBF light-heavyweight world champion this Saturday in the Wintrust Arena, Chicago, on the undercard of Jessie Vargas vs Thomas Dulorme.
Beterbiev will be stepping into the ring to make the first defence of his title, looking to continue his perfect streak of knockouts, but ‘The One’ has other ideas and is relishing the chance to upset the odds.
Johnson at the final press conference has been quoted as saying “I have done everything in preparation to be able to do that and it’s something I am really looking forward to on Saturday night,”
“It is a dream come true, fighting for a world title in America, but I plan on taking the title home and It took me about half a second to say yes. I am not in this game to turn down an opportunity like this. I know I am fighting a real good fighter, he’s a feared man but I fear no one.
“When it’s all said and done we are both human beings, we’re both going to be in that ring, we both can throw power and it will be what it’ll be. shocking the world.
Beterbiev has stopped all 12 of his opponents that he has faced in the professional ranks and even though Johnson is ranked number seven by the IBF, he is the first to challenge him.
The 33-year-old Russian stopped Isidro Ranoni Prieto in the 12th round to take the title vacated by Andre Ward’s retirement last November, and is ready to let his punches do the talking.
“I am not a big talker but hopefully in the ring, on October 6, I will show you everything,” he said through a translator.
Watch the action from Chicago with Jessie Vargas vs Thomas Dulorme, Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Johnson, Daniel Roman vs Gavin McDonnell and Jarrell Miller vs Tomasz Adamek, 2am, Sunday, Sky Sports Action