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Heffron looking to step up after winning title

Tyson Fury climbs in the ring to congratulate Mark Heffron after he beat Adam Grabiec during their International Middleweight Contest at Elland Road, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Tyson Fury climbs in the ring to congratulate Mark Heffron after he beat Adam Grabiec during their International Middleweight Contest at Elland Road, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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Mark Heffron is looking to share the ring with some of the biggest names in boxing after claiming the first title of his professional career.

The 26-year-old middleweight, who has been sharpening his tools at Maree Boxing in Gisburn, upped his knockout ratio to 80% to claim the vacant World Boxing Council International title against Andrew Robinson.

Heffron, chief support to Tyson Fury’s comeback victory against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena, stopped his opponent in the sixth round when an unrelenting barrage of shots forced referee Ian John Lewis to intervene.

It was the 16th time in 20 bouts that ‘Kid Dynamite’ had recorded victory within the distance, capitalising on Robinson’s struggles to see through his left eye having sustained a large swelling.

Now Heffron, who showed his versatility when switching to southpaw during the contest, is looking to dominate the domestic scene before moving on to the bigger, more lucrative, prizes in the 160lb division.

“I’ll look at having one defence and then I want to fight Jason Welborn for the British title,” he said.

“The Lonsdale Belt is one of the nicest in boxing so I want to become British champion and then take on Liam Cameron for the Commonwealth strap.

“I’ve got what it takes. I’m a lot more than a knockout specialist. I’m a good mover, a good boxer and a good counter-puncher. It’s a nice record to have, though.”

The world scene had been governed by Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin up until the WBA and WBC champion was stripped of his IBF strap.

The 36-year-old was asked to fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko by August 3rd but a deal has not been done.

Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders holds the WBO title and those are two of the names that Heffron has in mind on his way to the top.

“Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders are big names on the world scene,” he said.

“I want to dominate at British level first and then move on. I want my name to be up there and I’ve got my eye on a big title by the end of next year.

“The aim is to share a ring with those kind of names 100%. They’ll be coming to the end of their careers and I’ll be at the top of mine. I think I’ll beat them.

“I believe that I can become one of the biggest names in boxing. I’ve just got to keep working hard in the gym and take that in to fight night.”