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Former Global, Commonwealth and British boxing champ Callum Johnson among stars of Mayhem at the Meres card set for Grantham





A former Global, Commonwealth and British boxing champ will be among the headliners at an upcoming fight night.

Callum Johnson - who famously sent Artur Beterbiev crashing to the canvas, during their IBF light heavyweight world title fight in Chicago - will feature at Mayhem at the Meres in Grantham later this month.

The 38-year-old, who shot to fame when he won Commonwealth Games gold at Delhi 2010, will be one of eight talents from Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas on the bill on Saturday, June 15.

Fighters Callum Johnson Stanley Stannard, Tom Pogson and Tom Cowling in training for Mayhem at the Meres
Fighters Callum Johnson Stanley Stannard, Tom Pogson and Tom Cowling in training for Mayhem at the Meres

“It’s great to have him on the show. I’ve got a good relationship with Callum and he’s been on my shows in the past,” said promoter Carl Greaves.

“He was on my last Grantham show in 2015 along with Leigh Wood, who’s gone on to be world champion as well. So it’s great having lads of this calibre.”

Since turning pro in 2010, Bostonian Johnson has held WBO Global, Commonwealth and British titles, and Greaves believes there could be more belts to come.

A night of top fights is coming to Grantham
A night of top fights is coming to Grantham

“Callum’s in the twilight of his career, but he’s got a few more big fights in him,” he added.

“Hopefully he can get this fight done and get back on the big stage and get a big fight.”

Greaves expects the 1,000-capacity Meres Leisure Centre to be packed for fight night, as fans of the local scene prepare to watch some of the area’s top talents.

Victory for Tom Cowling. Photo: Tom Flint
Victory for Tom Cowling. Photo: Tom Flint

Also on the bill will be super welterweights Stanley Stannard, from Harby, and Grimsby-based Shaydon Walmsley, along with Newark’s Tom Cowling, a super middleweight Greaves believes is destined for big things.

“Tom’s stepping up to eight rounds and he’s fighting Welshman James Todd, who’s got a winning record - four wins and two draws,” he said.

“It’s a good little step up for Tom. If he wins this fight he’s mandatory challenger for the Midland title, which is a good title to win.

Tom Pogson (right) will be in fight action
Tom Pogson (right) will be in fight action

“That would help Tom progress to English and British level. It’s not going to be an easy fight, but it’ll be a good one.”

Cowling made his return to the ring following a 12-month absence at the Night of the Prospects show in March, defeating Poland’s Tomasz Felz.

“He was out quite a while. But he shook the rust off last time and obviously we’ve got him moving again,” Greaves added.

Callum Johnson and Tom Pogson.
Callum Johnson and Tom Pogson.

“He’ll let his hands go more and show everyone what he’s capable of.”

Also on the card will be up-and-coming talent Tom Pogson (Boston), Harvey Elding (Boston), Ryan Williams (Peterborough) and Billy Scott (Clipstone).

“When you look through the card there’s some fanstastic talent on the card,” Greaves said.

“They’ve been on the local scene and it’s definitely a chance for people to see how they’re progressing.”

Tickets for the June 15 show begin at £40 and are available at www.carlgreavespromotions.co.uk.

Doors open from 6pm with first bell at 7pm.



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