Callum Johnson
Prince Naseem Hamed will come back into boxing as a manager and the first boxer he will be signing up is recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson.
Johnson has signed professional terms with promoter Frank Warren, while managed by ‘Naz’ and is being lined up to make his debut on December 4th at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, on the undercard of Ricky Burns first defence of his WBO super-featherweight title against Norwegian based Colombian Andreas Evensen.
Johnson, from Boston was in London on Saturday to watch Arsenal’s 1-0 home victory against West Ham, from an executive box at the Emirates Stadium with Warren and Hamed.
It was expected that Johnson 25, who won the light-heavyweight Gold for Scotland may stay on in the amateurs and compete in the 2012 London Olympics, but the lure of the pro game and the chance to work with the legendary ‘Prince Naz’ convinced him that the paid ranks is the way to go.
“My mind changed three or four times, between staying amateur or turning pro,” admitted Johnson, who signed a three-year deal with Warren.
“But if I had stayed amateur I’d have been 27 at the Olympic Games, and that’s quite old if I wanted to turn professional afterwards.
“It’s a risk doing this, but it would have been a risk whatever I did.”
“He took a liking to me as he thought I had a lot of confidence, and Naseem believes I can go all the way,” said Johnson.
“He watched me on TV during the Commonwealth Games and was impressed. I’m not just working with Naseem Hamed, but also Frank Warren who’s one of the best promoters in the world.
“I’m both apprehensive and excited and although plenty of people have contacted me since the announcement, I can’t see what all the fuss is about.”


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