Callum Johnson nearly produced a sensational world title triumph and victory over Sean Monaghan could earn another big-name battle.
Britain’s light-heavyweight almost pulled off a stunning upset win over Artur Beterbiev, flooring the IBF champion in the second round, only to suffer a fourth-round stoppage defeat in Chicago.
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But Johnson’s power and bravery caught the eye of the American audience and he was welcomed back to the States for a must-win meeting with Monaghan at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA belt against Joe Smith Jr at the top of the bill, with Johnson hopeful of staking his claim for a shot at the winner, but Monaghan has ambitions of his own after mixing at a high level.
The American’s only two defeats have come against Sullivan Barrera and Marcus Browne, two highly-regarded contenders, and Johnson’s punch resistance could be tested by the dangerous Monaghan.
An explosive victory will justify Johnson’s hopes of another world title fight, but defeat would be a crushing setback for the 33-year-old.
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The weigh in
Callum Johnson: 173lbs
Sean Monaghan: 174lbs
The time draws near…
Watch Callum Johnson versus Sean Monaghan on the undercard for Dmitry Bivol against Joe Smith Jr on Sunday March 10, from 2am on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.