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Callum Johnson ensures bronze medal then sets his sights on Olympic Games spot

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: October 11, 2010

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CALLUM JOHNSON demanded a place on the British Amateur Boxing Association's elite podium programme after he defeated England's Obed Mbwakongo to guarantee Commonwealth bronze.

Mbwakongo is currently rated as Britain's No.1 amateur light heavyweight but that will all change after he was comprehensively dismantled 6-2 by Johnson from Boston.

Scottish captain Johnson won the first two rounds 2-0 and made Mbwakongo look a shadow of the fighter who had beat hometown favourite Dinesh Kumar 9-8 the previous night.

And with London 2012 fast approaching, Johnson says there's no disputing his right to receive direct funding from the British set-up.

He said: "I've just stated my claim as number one in GB which I always knew I was and my coaches knew I was.

"Over the years it's been down to politics but not now there's a new coach who picked me to box for GB."

That though would necessitate a split from his long-term coaches including Stevie Newns at Newarthill Boxing Club.

Johnson added: "If I want to go to the Olympics I might have to do it (split).

"Me and my coaches have spoken about that and if I wanted to get to the Olympics GB would probably be my best route but I'll sit down with my coaches from Scotland and speak to them.

"We'll make a joint decision on what we're doing to do, we are a team it is not just about me."

Another Brit, Wales' Jermaine Asare stands between Johnson and a place in the final.

And Johnson was quick to pay tribute to the sacrifices of his dad Paul, a market trader in Skegness, for getting him so near to the promised land.

He said: "Without my dad I would not be here today. He has been there through the good times and bad times and every hour of the day he is in the gym with me.

"This is everything I've ever worked for since I've been a boy. I can't put it into words.

"I've been boxing 15 years it's been my life and this has been a life-long ambition for me to medal at the Commonwealth Games.

"This is what I'm doing it for I've got a medal to take home for my boy Corbon. Obviously I want to win the gold medal, go to the Olympics, turn professional and try to make a better future for my son."

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