In another hectic weekend of prizefighting which saw numerous world champions defending thier straps, it was a veteran contender that produced the most spectacular performance of the weekend and captured the “Fighter Of The Week”. Calum “The One” Johnson met up with native New Yorker, Seanie Monaghan at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY in what was a crossroads fight between two all action, fan-friendly light heavyweights Johnson, is now 33-years old and is coming off a loss to IBF champ Artur Beterbiev in what was a highly entertaining scrap. If Johnson is to going to get him back in position to challenge for a world title he would have to not only dispose of tough guys like Monaghan but would have to look spectacular in doing it.
Johnson did exactly that in blasting out the New Yorker in front of his home crowd in three vicious rounds. In a fight going into, many expected to be a brutal back and forth slugfest entering the action quickly became a one-sided mismatch. From basically the opening bell Johnson displayed a noticeable advantage in punching power and physical strength, punishing Monaghan with him flush right hands to the head. Badly marking up Monaghan’s face by the second round. Despite being a bloody mess, Monaghan kept stayed on the aggressive and kept coming forward and walked face first into a massive right hand that dropped him. Monaghan got up and was quickly sent back down to the canvas just moments later. Luckily, he was saved by the bell. However, the third round started as the second ended and with the Lincolnshire native smelling blood he jumped on his hurt opponent and closed out the show in highly impressive fashion. Landing a barrage of power punches that forced the referee to jump in and call a halt to the fight at just 23 seconds of the third round.
Johnson was nothing short of spectacular in his performance and surpassed all expectations in scoring the three-round blow out over a tough, game opponent in such a fan-friendly way. The Lincolnshire puncher has likely secured himself another big fight on another DAZN card in the US. A future showdown with WBA champ Dmitry Bivol, who successfully defended his strap in the main event of the card, who also has a contract to fight on the DAZN, certainly seems like a possibility for later this year.