John McCallum set to take it to the Max in Gateshead

John McCallum. Pic: Greg Macvean

John McCallum. Pic: Greg Macvean

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Edinburgh boxer John McCallum is expecting a tough fight from opponent Max Maxwell in their light middleweight clash in Gateshead tomorrow night.

Despite his opposite number not having the most glowing record since turning pro in 2006, with just 17 wins from 65 bouts, the 25-year-old McCallum knows that Maxwell has often been chosen to spar with some of the very best in the business.

McCallum, who won the International Masters Bronze title in December, is looking to make his own record a perfect seven. He said: “This guy has got experience. Amir Khan hired him when he fought Lamont Peterson for his main sparring partner so if a guy like Amir Khan is hiring you then you must have some sort of skills. He’s boxed some really good fighters like Brian Rose who is fighting for the world title next month.

“What I’ve seen of him he is a very heavy-hitter with the overhand right but I think the tactics for me is to obviously get the win but to get him on my record because of his experience.

“He’s technically very good.”

McCallum’s manager Steve Goodwin has already lined up his next appearance in the ring.

He added: “There’s a big show in the summer at Sunderland’s football ground so I’ve been offered a place on that and then I’ll be looking for a British eliminator. I’d really like a shot at Ronnie Heffron who recently, unfairly, got the win against John Thain. I definitely think I’ve got the beating of him.”

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