Victory puts John McCallum on the title trail

Boxer John McCallum. Picture: Greg Macvean
Boxer John McCallum. Picture: Greg Macvean
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EDINBURGH boxer John McCallum has won his first fight under a new promotional team, defeating English opponent William Warburton on points at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland.

The 25-year-old light middleweight star has endured a frustrating couple of years since joining the pro circuit at the end of 2010, but victory over his Lancashire opponent has maintained his 100 per cent record with five victories from as many fights.

Disclosing his manager from Goodwin Promotions has already lined up his next bout, an opportunity he couldn’t have envisaged in the early months of this year having been tied to Sweeney Promotions, a promotional company he says delivered nothing more than ‘empty promises’.

McCallum said: “He (Warburton) never caused me any trouble. Don’t get me wrong, he’s certainly fit enough and strong, but I always felt I was in control. Even though Warburton doesn’t have the best record, he’s only been beaten by the best boys and he never gets stopped – he was a good test.

“It felt like I was at Meadowbank, I had such a big support down there and there was that homely atmosphere.

“My next fight will be for the International Masters title – a ten-rounder, in London’s York Hall on December 7. My manager Steve is working on my opponent now, but I should find out this week. It will definitely be my biggest fight. I’m dying to have a belt for Christmas.

“I only signed with Steve a month ago and he’s doing exactly what he said he was going to. Now’s he got me a title fight in my second fight.

“I’m confident that I can go on and win titles.”