Callum Johnson gives Arthur Edge to win Anthony Yarde rematch
CALLUM JOHNSON says it’s “a gutter” not to box alongside his lightweight and heavy rivals Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde next month.
WBO number one contender Arthur and Yarde return to the ring at Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday July 10, live on BT Sport.
Former British and Commonwealth Champion Johnson thinks he may have stolen their thunder, but an injury means he can’t cash the bill as expected.
“I had a few issues which I thought would heal faster, but I’m back in training and will be ready for August,” said Johnson who went through a two-round war against Emil Markic in April.
“It’s a bit of a gutter not to be on the same bill as Lyndon and Anthony on July 10, but not the end of the world.
“It will only be a few weeks before Frank Warren brings me out again, but I wish I was on that card.
“Firstly for the excitement of being all three on it and secondly to get out a little faster.
“I don’t think Lyndon or Anthony are as exciting as me. I don’t think there are a lot of fighters as exciting as me.
“Markic’s fight brought a lot of excitement and everyone was talking about it. There are a lot of people who can’t wait to see me again.
“Queensberry is putting a good card at the Royal Albert Hall and they both have business to take care of.” Looks like they’re going to have a rematch.
Arthur made a split decision on Yarde when they met last December and promoter Warren has announced that a rematch is set to take place in the fall.
If Johnson doesn’t get a second world title fight sooner, he’ll definitely be in the mix to fight the pair.
“They both have to look good at the Royal Albert Hall trying to prove they are the best of each other and make people believe they are the best in the country,” added Johnson who has suffered his only defeat in an exciting world title. challenge against Artur Beterbiev in October 2018.
“I think I would favor Arthur in the rematch, but it’s a tough fight for both of them.
“Arthur deserved to win the first fight, but it wasn’t clear. He’s never dominated it overwhelmingly, but has done enough.
“These are exciting times because we all have a point to prove and all are chasing the same thing.”