Boxing: John McCallum maintains unbeaten pro run

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Edinburgh boxer John McCallum remains undefeated in his professional career after beating of Max Maxwell in Gateshead on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old light middleweight now boasts a perfect seven victories on his record and Maxwell is arguably the biggest scalp he has taken since turning pro in 2010.

Maxwell, who is nine years McCallum’s senior, has boxed with some of the sport’s finest athletes and is one of Amir Khan’s main sparring partners.

However, the Capital fighter proved too strong for his English opponent, winning on points by 40-36 over four rounds.

“People were saying Max had knocked out Brian Rose, who is going for the world title, and I don’t think some people were giving me a chance,” McCallum said. “Don’t get me wrong, he was strong and he caught me with a couple of uppercuts, but it was nothing drastic.

“He never gave me anything to worry about. I walked through him and I think my body punching slowed him down. I put him on the back foot and really set about him.”

“I didn’t even have a trainer for this fight. I started a job with the bank last Monday, so my preparations weren’t great. I haven’t dropped a round in my pro career yet, so I just need the chance to show myself full-time.”