JACK Cullen could be heading for a rematch with Zak Chelli after the pair battled to a draw on Saturday night.

Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver found it tough going against the Fulham man with the three judges scoring the split decision 97-93 to Chelli, 96-95 to Cullen, while the third tally was tied at 95-95.

The gruelling 10-round fight, Cullen’s first up at super-middleweight and held at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp in the garden of the company’s headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, left both men with facial damage.

Many watching ringside and at home felt Chelli had done enough but Cullen left with a first draw of his professional career that also includes 18 wins and two defeats.  

“I thought Zak Chelli won that fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I saw some people saw they thought Cullen won but I think most gave it to Chelli and I had him winning by two or three rounds.

“I did feel that he should have put his foot on the gas a little bit. He was in a good position through the mid-stages of the fight and he should have put his foot on the gas but I still felt like he deserved to win the fight.”

Chelli said: "I'm disappointed with two of the judges.

"The first judge said it was 97-93, that was fair, and that's how the fight should have gone.

“I'm very disappointed. I dominated the last half of the fight and I believe I won it.

"At least the fans enjoyed the fight, I hope they did. He took the punches, he did well.

“I rate him for his durability but I still believe I beat him. He knows I won that fight.

“I'm not going to lose hope. I'm going to keep going and train hard. I look forward to the next fight. There's a lot more to come from me."