From Tim Royner: Eddie Hearn is planning on fitting light heavyweight knockout artists Callum Johnson and Joe Smith Jr. inside their second fight. He wants to have the winner of the Callum vs. Smith fight to face the winner of their Dmitry Bivol vs. Marcus Browne competition, that is about to be arranged. He sees the winner of the Johnson-Smith Jr. and Bivol-Browne struggles being involved in a enormous game in the not too distant future.
Smith, 29, had Bivol hurt at the conclusion of their 10th round when he caught him with a big shot as the bell sounded to end the round. Smith wasn’t in a position to make the most of the situation, however, as Bivol recovered among rounds and went on to dominate the 11th and 12th rounds in winning by the dozens 119-109, 119-109 and 118110.
“The battle which you would like to create next may be the Joe Smith Jr. fight,” Hearn thought to IFL TV about needing to match Callum Johnson against Joe Smith Jr.. “Marcus Browne is going to get arranged to fight [Dmitry] Bivol, which is a good fight for ny. I then think he needs to be the winner of Bivol against Browne. It’s a explosive fight style-wise, because Bivol was somewhat awkward because of him [for Smith Jr.], but those two will possess a tear-up,” Hearn said in regards to the Callum Johnson vs. Joe Smith Jr. fight.
Callum Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) defeated Sean Monaghan (29-3, 17 KOs) by way of a third party round knock out on March 9th at a onesided affair. Johnson had an excessive amount of power for Monaghan, and he quickly put away him in the third round.
“He also comes to fight, that’s what I love,” Callum Johnson said about Joe Smith Jr.. “It’s a fight I believe I could win, and I believe I could get a statement.
Smith Jr. includes a very great chin. Johnson would be building a enormous statement if he could knock him out. Smith has only been stopped once in his 10-year expert career in losing Eddie Caminero by way of a 4th round knock out this season. Since then, Smith Jr. has been in with a few great fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Sullivan Barrera and Bivol.
“The Joe Smith Jr. fight is more of a gamble [compared to the Sean Monaghan fight], but you can find bigger rewards,” Hearn said about Callum Johnson needing more to profit if he defeats Smith Jr. than he ever got out of his triumph over Monaghan.
There’ll probably be a name shot for Johnson if he defeats Smith Jr., but that still doesn’t mean he’ll beat the Bivol vs. Browne winner. Those are both highly talented fighters with superior boxing skills, and decent power. Johnson can lose to both fighters. It’ll be a great money back for Johnson if he or she is able to find the winner of the Bivol-Browne fight, but which may be he receives, specially if he winds up confronting Bivol. The Russian fighter is very technical, and hard to hit because of his emphasis on his shield. Johnson, 33, would have a better prospect of beating WBO winner Sergey Kovalev or even WBC winner Oleksander Gvozdyk. Those are both good light heavy weights, but they will have flaws in their own matches which make them both beatable.
“I presume that’s a large show down down the road, per year down the line,” Callum Johnson said in regards to the Buatsi fight. “I presume me and Buatsi can fill out arenas.
Hearn is eager to match Joshua Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs) against Callum at any time down the line. He sees that as a great stadium level fight.
“whynot put Buatsi in with Callum at any time? “This ’s an O2 filler. This ’SA dangerous fight for either guy. They both aren’t afraid of trading,” Hearn said.