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Delhi champion Callum Johnson set for Glasgow bow

Callum Johnson won gold for Scotland in Delhi
Johnson won gold for Scotland in Delhi last month

Scotland's Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Callum Johnson will make his professional bow next month.

The 25-year-old light-heavyweight will be managed by former world champion Naseem Hamed and joins promoter Frank Warren's stable of fighters.

Johnson will be one of the support acts when Ricky Burns defends his WBO super-featherweight title at Braehead Arena against Andreas Evensen on 4 December.

"I'm looking to make an immediate impression," said Johnson.

The Lincoln-based boxer, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother, struck gold in Delhi last month.

"It's fantastic to turn professional under Frank Warren who is the man to guide me to achieve my dream - to become world champion," continued Johnson.

"When I was a kid, Naz [Hamed], Nigel Benn, then Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton were the big stars and Frank promoted all those guys.

"I have the talent and he has the promotional knowledge and skills and together we will make a knockout team.

"It's every boxers dream to turn professional and become a world champion, so I jumped at the chance to turn over."

Hamed, who was world champion at featherweight, is looking forward to working with Johnson.

"Callum really is a very special talent as we saw when he won the Commonwealth Games, and I believe he has the potential to win a world title," said the 36-year-old.

"It's going to be an exciting journey and I'm with him all the way."

see also
Boxer Johnson turns professional
30 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Evensen banks on surprise element
28 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Burns confident ahead of defence
19 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Burns to face Evensen in defence
07 Oct 10 |  Boxing

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