Jack Cullen set up a swift return to the Manchester Arena with a stoppage victory on Saturday night.

Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver felled Argentinian Tomas Reynoso in the second round to get back to winning ways after his thrilling defeat to Felix Cash at the end of last year.

After an even first round, where Cullen was rocked by one shot from Reynoso, a straight right-hand from the former English middleweight champion sent the visitor to the canvas, a left hook to the body catching him on the way down.

Reynoso felt he was able to carry on, and made his feelings known to referee John Latham, but the official waved it off after two minutes and 31 seconds of the second round.

For Cullen, all eyes are now on a clash with Irishman Jason Quigley at the same venue on May 2, the fight all but signed for the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s meeting with Alexander Povetkin.

“I was expecting it to go a bit longer than that,” said the 26-year-old, who moved to 18-2 as a professional.

“I got told to box the first three rounds and then stick it on him. That was the first right hand I threw basically and it caught him clean.

“If he’d have carried on he was still getting stopped.

“He wasn’t happy but his legs were gone. I give him credit, he was a tough lad, but if the referee had let him carry on he’d only have got caught again.”

With a growing fanbase, Cullen has now been matched in another eye-catching fight on what is a major Sky Sports Box Office event.

Former amateur star Quigley has lost just one of his 19 fights with all but one of them coming in America.

“I going to rest up this week, have a few days off and then I’m straight back at it for Jason Quigley,” said the Tommy Battel-trained fighter.

“He’s a good kid, I’m a good kid, it’s going to be a good fight.

“He was a good amateur and then he’s gone over to America and now he’s back over here.

“I know he’s a good opponent but I know I’m a good opponent.

“You can’t ask much more than being in a big fight on box office.”

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn again saluted Cullen’s Little Lever fanbase who certainly made themselves heard at the start of the Sky Sports broadcast of a card that culminated with Bury star Scott Quigg retiring after defeat to Jono Carroll.

“My fans were great and I just want to say a big thanks to Steve Wood, he’s my manager, and Eddie for putting me on the shows,” Cullen said.

“If he wasn’t for Steve having belief in me I wouldn’t be fighting the people I’m fighting.

“He’s done a lot for me and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Also on the card, Manchester heavyweight Hughie Fury returned to winning ways with a third-round stoppage of the little-known Pavel Sour.