JACK Cullen made light work of an elbow injury to beat Jason Ball on points and stay on track for a potential area title shot.

The ‘Little Lever Meat Cleaver’ was once again taken the distance by his opponent but after racing out of the blocks in the first two rounds, was a decisive points winner.

The victory, Cullen’s sixth in six professional outings and second at six rounds, means he stays firmly in the reckoning for a central area title bout.

Saturday’s win, against a tough fighter from Doncaster, came despite a pre-bout injury that prevented 23-year-old Cullen from fully utilising his jab.

“It was a pretty routine win, Jack started off a lot faster than he has done in his previous fights,” said trainer Tommy Battel. “He had him wobbling a couple of times and we were putting pressure on him to get a stoppage – it would have been wrong not to – but Ball is a tough lad.

“It was a decent workout for Jack, but he let himself get dragged into a bit of a slugging match. He was struggling with his injury that meant he couldn’t extend his arm fully and couldn’t use his jab properly so he had to alter the way he fought.

“It was a tough fight and a good workout that allowed him to show another side to his game.”