UPDATE – The fight was being finalised but appears to have fallen through temporarily with Team Cullen claiming Mark Heffron’s team is no longer interested in the fight.
Per Sources, British and Commonwealth Champion, Oldham’s Mark Heffron is finalising a deal to defend his super middleweight (168 lbs) titles against Little Lever’s Jack Cullen. Heffron vs Cullen is a local clash between two fighters from towns very close to Manchester, which is where this fight will take place on September 24 should it get over the line.
The well-matched domestic bout is expected to be on the undercard of a Joe Joyce headlined Queensberry Promotions show live on a BT Sport platform. Cullen, a huge ticket seller, is a promotional free agent while Heffron is represented by Frank Warren/Queensberry. This fight should do well commercially in Manchester which is much-needed for the 20k capacity Manchester Arena, especially with Joyce not being from Manchester.
Mark Heffron vs Jack Cullen – Fight Breakdown
Heffron (28-2-1) claimed the British title in July against Lennox Clarke on the third attempt after previously being stopped by Liam Williams and Denzel Bentley for the Lonsdale belt at middleweight. It was crystal clear that Heffron was a different fighter at a 168-pounds. Heffron is eyeing European and world honours in the near future but with the belts all tied up and him not in a position to fight for them, the Oldham man opts to quickly return to the ring in a fan-friendly clash.
Cullen (21-3-1), who has had his last eight fights with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, has previously unsuccessfully challenged for the Commonwealth (Felix Cash) and European titles (Kevin Lele Sadjo) but has racked up some good wins in his career including Avni Yildirim, John Docherty and John Harding Jr. All three of Cullen’s defeats have come via stoppage and many felt he should have lost to Zak Chelli in August 2020.
Cullen definitely enters the fight as an underdog but it is one that he can win should he stick to his boxing as he did with Avni Yildirim and not get dragged into a fight. The winner of this matchup has plenty of opportunities in a stacked division domestically including Lerrone Richards and Zach Parker amongst others.