HUGHIE Fury gave fans at the Macron Stadium plenty of bang for their buck by stopping Sam Sexton in the fifth round to claim the British Heavyweight title.

The Bolton-based fighter knocked 33-year-old Sexton down in the fourth and then finished the fight with a savage right off the ropes.

Fury dedicated the win to his dad and trainer, Peter, and now looks to be back at his best following a controversial points defeat to Joseph Parker in September.

“It feels good,” said Fury after the fight. “I was confident going in there, nothing was fazing me at all.

“The plan was to be relaxed and I knew I was levels above him, so I made him miss. Sooner or later I’d counter. I knew as soon as I hit him cleanly, he’d be gone.

“I am just looking forward to the next fight, now. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”

Where Fury heads next will be interesting. Commonwealth champion Joe Joyce has been named as a potential opponent – albeit one dismissed by the fighter’s camp on Saturday night, while much-travelled WBO title holder Alexander Povetkin also looks an appetising prospect.

Stepping up to the next level of opponent is the aim, and Fury is looking for a bigger challenge when he next steps into the ring.

“It’s the line I want to get – back to world champion level,” he said.

“I want world title fights, so whoever is next, I’ll take it.

“I’m a horrible fighter and no-one wants to fight me because I’m super-confident in my ability.

“I have got a mastermind like my dad and we’re only going one way. I’ve got the determination to be a world champion. I’m only 23 years of age and I’m a big threat in this division – everyone knows it.”

Peter Fury said the fight showed his son was a class above domestic level.

“It was very comfortable,” he said. “I told him, Sam’s a very good fighter, on a British level. Hughie is not at British level.

“We bypassed the British title because he was higher than that. We got a lot of stick for it, so he’s come back again and won that now.

“We are looking to get him back in world title contention as quickly as possible.”

Fury has now won 11 of his 21 fights by knockout, and his trainer said the plan had always been to give the Bolton fans something to cheer.

“It happened a bit earlier than expected,” he said. “We were looking to come forward in the second half of the fight and take it to Sam.

“But he boxes to orders, Hughie, and we were always looking for the stoppage.

“We were not looking for points today.”

Fans at the Macron also saw the unexpected appearance of Kerry Katona – the former Atomic Kitten singer – accompanying Peter McDonagh to his fight against Peter Kramer.

Katona carried the Irish flag for her friend, who fought out a draw.