LITTLE Lever boxer Jack Cullen heads to Blackpool tomorrow looking to take the next step towards a title shot.

The 23-year-old middleweight has an unblemished professional record of five wins from five fights and is confident of making it a half dozen at the renowned Winter Gardens in the resort this weekend.

Looking further ahead, though, the fighter dubbed ‘Little Lever Meat Cleaver’ is hoping his next bout will be a first title fight with a chance to compete for the central area title against better fighters in the Greater Manchester area.

First, though, he must overcome the experienced Jason Ball tomorrow – a man who was on the same bill as Cullen at the Macron Stadium when he lost to Farnworth’s Jack Flatley on points.

The 33-year-old has won nine of his 35 outings, however, and Cullen knows he will need to be at his best again in his second six-round bout.

He told The Bolton News: “I am confident I can do well in Blackpool against him.

“He has experience but my training has gone really well and I’m feeling good going into this one.

“I have been sparring at Ricky Hatton’s gym and also the one run by Chorley’s former boxer Mike Jennings in Coppull.

“I also had an outdoor session at Decathlon to promote this latest fight so I have been working hard as ever.

“This is a big fight for me because after this I want to step it up and there’s a chance of fighting for the central area title.

“That would see me up against the best middleweights in Greater Manchester in longer fights but it is one fight at a time at present.

“I had my first six-rounder last time out at the Macron and enjoyed it.

“I think longer fights suit me more, it gives me the chance to get into it more because I don’t usually start that quickly. I did against Dan Blackwell at the Macron, though, and knocked him down in the second round – he got up but it was a knockout for me.

“I was happy with my performance and with the help of my coaches Tommy Battel and Ian Harrison, I hope for a repeat performance in Blackpool.”

Cullen will again have good support from Little Lever ringside with around 90 tickets sold by him in advance.

And he enjoys having that backing.

“The support at the Macron was unbelievable,” he added.

“Hopefully I can give them something to be proud of again this weekend.”