Bolton’s newest British and Commonwealth champion boxer, Jack Cullen, admits he has realised a dream with Saturday’s title triumph.

Cullen comprehensively despatched former Jennings Gym stablemate Mark Heffron at Manchester’s AO Arena in front if a packed house, the contest ended in round three after a stunning left hook from ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’ floored Oldham fighter Heffron.

And when his legs gave way again after an eight-count, Cullen had achieved his long-held ambition of winning the British super middleweight crown.

Speaking after his stunning victory to The Bolton News, Cullen said: “Boxing is my life, I’ve put everything into this fight and done it.

“It’s a dream come true for me from watching boxing with my dad as a kid to now being British champion.

“I said I was going to win it and I went out and did it.”

Cullen went into the fight against Heffron after disappointment last time out when he lost to rising star Diego Pacheco in a fourth-round stoppage in Liverpool in March.

But he responded in typical style with arguably the best victory of his 22 to date.

It was a cagey opening to the fight as the packed arena, and Cullen’s loyal following of more than 500 from Little Lever, watched on.

But 29-year-old Cullen was soon on the front foot with several good jabs and an upper cut at the end of the round.

In the second, the Boltonian put in some good combinations and a good right-hander caught Heffron’s chin and rocked him momentarily.

Then, 2mins 43secs into round three came the devastating left hook that prompted referee Kieran McCann to stop the contest.

It means Cullen can now aim for more arena dates as he looks to step up to bigger tests.

He continued: “Mark used to be my stable mate and I knew i just had to stick to my game plan. I did that and won it.

“That was one of the best camps I have had. There were no injuries or issues, and no mistakes from me. And it has paid off.

“I caught him in the second round but was told stick to the game plan and I did.

“Now I am having a little holiday with the family and the kids but then anything can happen.

“I am now British champion so we will see what’s next.

“I have always said I want to go on to bigger things so we will see.”