In the heart of Barnsley, a local contender is gaining a reputation as a formidable super-middleweight, Callum Simpson.
At just 26 years old, the unbeaten contender is searching for glory and is set to take the next step in his career as he prepares to take on Jermaine Brown at London’s iconic York Hall on September 30. Live on Sky Sports.
Simpson, who is on a 12-fight winning streak, is excited for his upcoming fight with Brown.
“It’s a great fight for me,” he said. Sky Sports. “To be honest, I’ve been asking for this fight for a long time, especially when he got the English title.
“From what I’ve seen from him, he’s an exciting fighter, like me. He doesn’t really hold back, likes to press, and lands a lot of shots. It should be an exciting fight. It should definitely be a fan friendly fight.”
After a string of nine stoppages, Simpson went the distance against Boris Crichton in July, and admitted the unanimous decision win taught him to remain calm rather than recklessly seek a knockout.
“I feel like I took control of the fight,” he said. “Looking back, I rushed a lot. I didn’t really change my tactics. I was in a hurry. I think sometimes I was a little too quick for my own good.” .
“Sometimes, I think instead of just focusing on my shots and going for more one-on-one shots, when I feel like I’ve hurt him, I’m just trying to chase him down instead of setting it up. I’ve had 10 good rounds. It’s a great game. It’s a learning fight for me.” “I get a lot out of that fight.”
Now, with the fresh taste of victory on his lips, Simpson is more motivated than ever to continue his rise in the world of boxing. His upcoming matchup against Brown is a crucial step toward achieving that goal. Simpson isn’t just a hometown hero; It aims to clean up the local scene and establish itself as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
“I know people say you can’t get past some fights, and obviously I’m not. But at the end of the day, I think I’ll beat him. If I beat Jermaine, it proves what I’m doing,” Simpson said. I’d say about the local scene, I feel I’ll clean it up locally and then keep going for 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 from my last fight, not to try to rush too much and go for a stop. I’ll take a different approach this time, but yeah, it should be a good fight.” “.
But it’s not just about the battle on September 30, it’s about the bigger picture. Simpson has his eyes on more titles and championships in the near future.
With Jack Cullen clinching the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles from Mark Heffron earlier this month, Simpson feels the fight now could go easier and is targeting a potential bout for those belts soon.
“I want to go the traditional route and win local titles first,” Simpson said.
“I’m sure everything will go well and we’ll get some titles.”
One of Simpson’s dreams close to his heart is the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans. Discussions are already underway about holding a match at Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley Football Club, next year.
He said: “Hopefully next year we can try to show at Oakwell. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m sure Boxxer will make it happen, if the opportunity arises.”
“To put on a proper huge event there, get a square circle in the middle of the field and attract a lot of fans, that’s something special.”