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Callum Johnson could face either Joshua Buatsi or Sean Monaghan next in early 2019

Sky Sports | Updated: 2019-01-05 00:58:23

Callum Johnson is considering a British-title battle against Joshua Buatsi or a fight in America against Sean Monaghan, his trainer Joe Gallagher has confirmed.

The British light-heavyweight champion has been ordered to defend against Buatsi, while there are also talks ongoing for a US bout against the New York-based Monaghan.

Gallagher has questioned whether Buatsi, with just nine professional bouts, is ready to face Johnson, but insists his fighter would be willing to battle the Olympic bronze medallist.

"One hundred per cent, Joshua Buatsi," Gallagher told Sky Sports. "The board have made that. I do feel myself, it might be a little bit too early for Joshua Buatsi.

"It's down to his team, if they want to go on with it, they can do, but Callum Johnson has won the British title, he's operated at world level, he knows what he wants to do.

"Eddie (Hearn) has promised to bring him back in America in a big fight. We're in talks over a big fight for Callum Johnson over in America at the moment, so if Eddie delivers that, that's great news, that is what Callum Johnson wanted.

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