Callum Johnson vs. Igor Mikhalkin | BT Sport - 2 July 2022 (Postponed)

Who wins?

Poll ended at 02 Jul 2022, 12:23

Johnson - Decision
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7%
Johnson - T/KO
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47%
DRAW
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7%
Mikhalkin - T/KO
1
7%
Mikhalkin - Decision
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33%
 
Total votes: 15

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Callum Johnson vs. Igor Mikhalkin | BT Sport - 2 July 2022 (Postponed)

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Press Release

JASON CUNNINGHAM WILL take on the biggest challenge of his career when he goes up against South African superstar Zolani Tete at the OVO Arena, Wembley on July 2, with world heavyweight contender Joe Joyce also featuring on a bumper card filled with must win fights, it’s High Stakes, live on BT Sport.

Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) faces Igor Mikhalkin (24-3, 11 KOs) for the WBO Global light heavyweight title in a fight between two punchers where neither man will want to give an inch.

Meanwhile, destructive lightweight Sam Noakes (9-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBC International Silver title against the Spaniard Marc Vidal (13-2-5, 5 KOs) as the Maidstone man aims to make it 10 stoppages in as many bouts.

Stoke favourite Nathan Heaney (15-0, 6 KOs) will fight in London for the first time in front of a crowd, making a defence of his IBO International middleweight championship.

Tickets for High Stakes at OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 2 July go on sale next week, fans are advised to sign-up for Ticket Alerts at allegedly.com to receive an email ahead of the onsale.

Cunningham, 31-6 (7 KOs), demolished the previously unbeaten French challenger Terry Le Couviour in Telford in mid-April in what was the second defence of his EBU belt. The Renaissance Man of British boxing will bid to join the elite by taking on the formidable force of 'Last Born' Tete, 29-4 (22 KOs), who has been a regular and exciting feature on UK fight cards.

The two-weight world champion last held a world title at bantamweight with the WBO championship belt previously in his possession. Prior to this he held the IBF super flyweight title, won by defeating Paul Butler in Liverpool back in 2015.

A shock defeat to John Riel Casimero in Birmingham in late 2019 prompted a move to super bantamweight and Tete returned to the ring in typical fashion with a first-round stoppage in Johannesburg in December.

The Commonwealth and IBF International super-bantamweight championships will be on the line for a clash that has got the potential to be a FOTY candidate.

Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) will be getting back into the ring against an established heavyweight contender as he closes in on a September clash with Joseph Parker in what will be a battle between No.1 and No.2 with the WBO. Following a lay-off due to injury, the Juggernaut will return to the scene of his last fight, a sixth-round stoppage of Carlos Takam in July of last year.

A bout of Coronavirus denied Callum Johnson a world title shot against Joe Smith jr in January. After making his recovery, he will go up against former world title challenger Mikhalkin for WBO honours.

The Germany-based fighter was defeated by Sergey Kovalev in 2018 at Madison Square Garden, having previously won and defended the IBO World light heavyweight title, as well as the EBU European title.

Sam Noakes seeks a perfect 10 against Marc Vidal as he currently sits on 9 wins and 9 KOs. Vidal, 33, has previously fought former World champion Kiko Martinez on two occasions - a points defeat and technical draw - and is a former European champion and European Union champion at featherweight.

Nathan Heaney is taking his Stoke City show on the road after overcoming the adversity of a first round knockdown last time out against Diego Ramirez before winning comfortably on the cards.

Wycombe super lightweight Henry Turner (7-0, 1 KO) fighting over six rounds, and Thetford cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher will make his professional debut at the OVO Arena. The Norfolk Nightmare will make his bow in a four-rounder having recently signed with allegedly and Queensberry.

"The stakes are high for all the Queensberry boxers in action on July 2nd at Wembley Arena, Live on BT Sport. Jason Cunningham vs Zolani Tete is about as even as matchmaking can be in Boxing and the same can be said regarding Callum Johnson vs Igor Mikhalkin. I’m predicting fan friendly action across both fights in matchups that will get the winners in the mix with the top guys in their respective divisions.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the Heavyweight Juggernaut Joe Joyce back in action too. Joes had a frustration time since his demolition job on Carlo Takam last year. He’s not been as active as we or he would have liked due to a wrist injury and the delay to his showdown with Joseph Parker. We found out last week that Parker’s training schedule scuppered our plans for them to meet on July 2nd, but it was important to us and Joe that he still fight after such a lengthy layoff with injury.

“The carrot for Joyce is a win on July 2 will set up a massive showdown with Parker in September. He needs to keep his focus, though, and deliver on July 2 as the big opportunities are now there to be taken for the Olympic Silver medallist.

“I am thrilled to deliver Jason Cunningham a massive fight and a huge test against Zolani Tete. Zolani has been with Queensberry for a long time, and we know what a top-class operator he is. Jason had no hesitation in taking the fight because his confidence is high, and he is an unbeaten fighter at super bantamweight.

"This is a fight between two top drawer and experienced campaigners that will bring out the best in each other and provide a treat for the watching public. It is a fight I cannot wait to see.

"The light heavyweight scene is hot at the moment and Callum Johnson will be looking to remind people why he believes he is top dog in the division. It was such a shame that his chance to prove it against Joe Smith jr fell through due to a bout of Covid-19 in January, but his time will come again and winning the WBC Silver title against the tough Igor Mikhalkin would put him right back in the mix.

"I am looking forward to seeing two of our crowd-pleasers in Sam Noakes and Nathan Heaney perform at Wembley.

"As well as seeing the much-anticipated debut of the giant Tommy Fletcher, it promises to be a thrilling night of action not to be missed."


Press Release

Callum Johnson will take on Igor Mikhalkin for the vacant EBU European Light-Heavyweight Title on the undercard of the blockbuster Heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin at Manchester Arena on Saturday May 2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) challenged Artur Beterbiev for the IBF World Light-Heavyweight Title in the first ever live show on American soil on DAZN, and the pair put on a hell-raising shootout, with Johnson climbing off the canvas in the opening round to send Beterbiev to the deck in the second session.

After falling short in his first World Title shot, ‘The One’ took out Sean Monaghan in three rounds at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in March 2019, but that turned out to be the Boston man’s only fight of the year, and he is keen to put a disappointing injury-hit year behind him by winning the European crown.

Mikhalkin (23-2, 10 KOs) held the European Light-Heavyweight Title for two years, winning the vacant title against Mohamed Belkacem in 2014 before making three successful defences against Hakim Chioui, Hugo Kasperski and Patrick Bois – all in France.

The Russian southpaw then picked up the vacant IBO Light-Heavyweight Title against Thomas Oosthuizen at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg before suffering only his second career defeat against Sergey Kovalev in a challenge for the WBO crown in 2018.

“He’s a good tough fighter,” said Johnson. “It’s a tough fight for me, he’s a solid southpaw, he’s been European Champion before and he lost to Kovalev when Kovalev was still top of his game. I’m expecting a very hard fight but it’s a fight that I’m looking forward to and I’m confident I can win.

“2019 got off to a flying start, I got a good win out in America and I impressed a lot of people with that performance. It’s a shame that I got injured because I think 2019 would have been a brilliant year for me. It didn’t turn out to be my year but we go again.

“To win the British, Commonwealth and European Titles will be a fantastic achievement and I’m confident of getting the win on May 2. It’s a fight that I’ve got to win. If I win then it potentially opens massive doors for me to get another World Title shot and earn some big money. If I lose, it’s a big setback.”

“I’m happy that I can showcase my skills against a tough opponent in the UK,”
said Mikhalkin. “I know that Callum will come into our fight in very good shape and he has already shown he can trouble the best fighters in the world. I believe that I have what it takes to beat Callum, I’ve held the European Title before and made a number of successful defences, this is my belt and I’ll be taking it back to Russia after May 2.”

Whyte vs. Povetkin tops a huge night of action in Manchester as Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) and Amanda Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KOs) collide in a blockbuster super fight with the Irish legend’s Lightweight World Titles on the line against the seven-weight World Champion.

Tickets for Whyte vs. Povetkin are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200 and £400 (VIP).

General Sale tickets are available to purchase NOW via Manchester Arena (www.manchester-arena.com), StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com).
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Pretty sure I just heard Hearn say Mikhalkin have Kovalev a good fight.

Didn’t Kov take it easy on him cuz they’re friends?
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Good see Johnson back. Yea he is a bit crude but he is real fighting man. Has real power
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Good fight. Shaping up to be a good show.
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Until recently wasn't this supposed to be tonight alongside Quigg-Carroll?
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Cholo_cws wrote: 07 Mar 2020, 15:03 Until recently wasn't this supposed to be tonight alongside Quigg-Carroll?
It has been talking about yes, but was never confirmed.
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Good fight, hope Johnson doesn't pick up another injury/illness, guy has terrible luck on that front.

Looking like it will be a good card.
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They had purse bids today for the fight. EC Box (who I assume represent Mikhalkin) won the bids with €89k. They were the sole bidder.

At least Johnson has an idea of his worth now on the open market. £40k gross for him before expenses and deductions. I wonder how that compares to the money Joe declined on his behalf.
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Great addition to the card.
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Gnome wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:49 Great addition to the card.
what card is it on
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Finally ! Johnson needs to take this opportunity with both fists.
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He’d be better off on universal credit.
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not a great payday but being euro champ is a much better spot and brings opportunities. sitting around doing nothing and wasting away his career seems the other alternative right now. if he wants to be a boxer he should go for it. it's a solid fight.
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margaret thatcher wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:51
Gnome wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:49 Great addition to the card.
what card is it on
It hasn’t been announced for a card as far as I’m aware.
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maverick23 wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 18:24
margaret thatcher wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:51
Gnome wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:49 Great addition to the card.
what card is it on
It hasn’t been announced for a card as far as I’m aware.
Sorry, I misread, thought it was on the Whyte Povetkin rematch card.
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There's money to be made in the EBU title if you're prepared, or able, to make some defences in succession.
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THEBUTCH wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 18:31 There's money to be made in the EBU title if you're prepared, or able, to make some defences in succession.
Ya and often leads to a world title shot. sure beats cal continuing to waste his career. he should take it if he still plans to be a pro boxer
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Absolutely. Although it doesn't happen so much now, and it is still feasible, but if you win the EBU title and defend, say, twice in a year....what are we talking about ? Circa £120k gross ?

Not to be sneezed at if you are capable of beating some potentially tough challengers and all you're doing otherwise is pissing a career down the plug hole :maybe:
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The 3 fight deal he and Joe turned down with Eddie was a tune up fight, this European title fight followed by Buatsi (which from what I’ve read would have been 6 figures). I’d be willing to bet the purse for the European fight would have been higher than the £40k too.

This is a fight I’d much rather see on a POV show than the recent Selby vs Kambosos Jr fight as Selby is rarely entertaining. Yet this would have cost a third of the money to put together.
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THEBUTCH wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 18:47 Absolutely. Although it doesn't happen so much now, and it is still feasible, but if you win the EBU title and defend, say, twice in a year....what are we talking about ? Circa £120k gross ?

Not to be sneezed at if you are capable of beating some potentially tough challengers and all you're doing otherwise is pissing a career down the plug hole :maybe:
Yep - the problem can be though that he and Joe may think they’re worth more so decide to wait. Risky strategy but it’s unlikely Eddie will be pushing him anytime soon so I’d be tempted by the fight.
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Johnson is a good boxer and can thump hard , he goes into this with half a chance and getting the win could pave the way to another world title shot. Fast Eddie can sell the f*ck out of his knockdown of the formidable Beterbiev.

There's some excellent world champs at light heavyweight needing challengers and a European title win puts Johnson back in the running again.
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he's 35 and had 1 fight in the last 26 months, they are gonna wait him out of his career if they don't act soon. winning the euro would be the biggest achievement in his career and give him much needed momentum
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maverick23 wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:05 They had purse bids today for the fight. EC Box (who I assume represent Mikhalkin) won the bids with €89k. They were the sole bidder.

At least Johnson has an idea of his worth now on the open market. £40k gross for him before expenses and deductions. I wonder how that compares to the money Joe declined on his behalf.
No bid from Matchroom ?
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Black Sam Bellamy wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 02:29
maverick23 wrote: 01 Dec 2020, 17:05 They had purse bids today for the fight. EC Box (who I assume represent Mikhalkin) won the bids with €89k. They were the sole bidder.

At least Johnson has an idea of his worth now on the open market. £40k gross for him before expenses and deductions. I wonder how that compares to the money Joe declined on his behalf.
No bid from Matchroom ?
Matchroom never wins purse bids anyway.. :doh:
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