In the heart of Barnsley, a local contender is building a reputation as a fearsome super-middleweight, and his name is Callum Simpson.
At only 26 years old, this undefeated contender is in search of glory and is preparing to take a new step in his career by preparing to face Germaine Browne at the legendary York Hall in London on September 30. live on Sky Sports.
Simpson, who has a 12-game winning streak, is excited about his upcoming battle with Browne.
“It’s a big fight for me,” he said Aerial sports. “To be honest, I’ve been asking for this fight for quite a while now, especially when he had the English title.
“From what I’ve seen of him, he’s an exciting fighter, similar to me. He doesn’t really back down, likes to put pressure on, throws a lot of shots. It should be an exciting fight. It definitely should be a fan-friendly fight.”
After a scorching nine-stoppage series, Simpson went the distance against Boris Crighton in July and admits the unanimous decision win taught him to stay calm instead of recklessly chasing a knockout.
He said: “I feel like I dominated the fight. Looking back on it, I rushed a lot. I didn’t really change tactics. I was rushed. I think sometimes I was a little too fast for my own good..
“Sometimes I think instead of just sitting on my shots and picking more single shots, when I felt like I was hurting him, I was just trying to chase him instead of setting them up . I had 10 good rounds. It’s a great one. I’m learning the fight for myself and I’m getting a lot out of this fight.”
Now, with the taste of victory fresh on his lips, Simpson is more motivated than ever to continue his rise in the world of boxing. His upcoming fight against Browne is a crucial step toward that goal. Simpson isn’t just content to be a local hero; he aims to clean up the national scene and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
Simpson said: “I know people say you can’t ignore some fights, and obviously that’s not the case. But at the end of the day, I believe I’m going to beat him. If I beat Germaine, that proves what I’m about. I say about the national scene, that I feel like I’m going to clean up nationally and then continue to chase titles from there.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. It’s a good test for me, especially if I can stop him. But as I learned in my last fight, you can’t rush too much and chase the stoppage. I’m going to take a different approach this time, but yeah, it should be a good fight.”
But it’s not just about the fight on September 30, it’s about a broader situation. Simpson has his eyes set on more titles and championships in the near future.
With Jack Cullen snatching the British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles from Mark Heffron earlier this month, Simpson believes a fight can now be facilitated and is eyeing a potential fight for those belts soon.
“I want to go the traditional route and win national titles first,” Simpson said.
“I’m sure everything will work itself out and we’ll win some titles.”
One dream Simpson holds close to his heart is the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans. Discussions are already underway regarding a fight at Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley Football Club, next year.
He said: “We hope to be able to exhibit at Oakwell next year. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m sure Boxxer will achieve that, given the opportunity.”
“To put on a real big event, to have a squared circle in the middle of the field and to attract a lot of fans, that’s something special.”