Callum Johnson is open to a British title defence against Croydon’s Joshua Buatsi after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the light-heavyweight fight.
Johnson suffered a knockout defeat to Artur Beterbiev out in Chicago last month when challenging for the Russian’s IBF world title and the BBBofC has now requested him to put his British belt on the line against 25-year-old fast rising star Joshua Buatsi.
The 33-year old, who could return to the ring on December 22 on the Whyte-Chisora 2 undercard, is yet to decide whether or not he will return to the domestic scene as he looks to put himself back into world title contention.
Johnson speaking on matters has been quoted as saying “The Buatsi fight does interest me and if that fight is going to happen, it will happen. I leave it down to Joe Gallagher and Eddie Hearn to sort out,”
“I believe I can knock anybody out in the world, even Beterbiev. Buatsi is no different, he’s a great fighter, very, very good, but at the same time I believe in myself and believe I can beat anybody.
“It’d possibly be too early for him, he has the skills and is very technically good, but he hasn’t had a hard fight against someone as strong as me yet, someone who would put him under pressure.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Buatsi and I’m sure down the line it’d make for a great big domestic showdown.
“Fighting on December 22 has been mentioned a bit and I’d like to get another win to get back on track, but I’ve had no confirmation yet. I’ve only been back training for a few weeks so it wouldn’t be a title fight.”
Johnson is keeping his options on the table as the Boston man continues to rebuild from his hard fought defeat to Beterbiev and hopes that 2019 can bring him another shot at world title honours.
“I’m just going to see what my options are,” ‘The One’ continued.
“It’s just what gets offered, if there’s no other options there but to keep the British then I will keep it. However, if I get a world-title eliminator or a shot at the European then I will go for that.
“I’m back in training, switched on, and looking forward to 2019. Hopefully by the end of it I can be back in there looking to lift that world title again.
“I know I’m making excuses but I only had 90 seconds of boxing in two years ahead of the Beterbiev fight. A couple of good wins under my belt, with proper activity, will only bring out the very best in me. I believe I can win these kind of fights.”
Buatsi, who scored a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has risen to eight wins from eight since entering the paid ranks, having also claimed the WBA International title along the way.
Purse bids for the Johnson-Buatsi fight must be submitted by December 12.