Date of Birth: 22/10/93
From: Little Lever
Record: 20-3-1 (9 KOs)
Height: 6ft 3in
JACK CULLEN will look rebuild in 2022, after a disappointing end to 2021 when he lost in six rounds against Kevin Lele Sadjo in a vacant European Super-Middleweight title fight.
He earned that Christmas crack after building a reputation as an upset king during lockdown.
‘Little Lever’s Meat Clever’ showed what he was all about in November 2020 when he thrilled Sky Sports viewers.
He certainly wasn’t booked to beat unbeaten Scot John Doherty and when he was dropped after 20 seconds, it was a big ask for Cullen against Matchroom prospect.
He defied the odds though and showed that he is real force in the domestic 12 stone division and took a clear points win after ten exciting rounds.
Cullen was called on again by Eddie Hearn for his first Fight Camp card of 2021 when he was matched against two-time World title challenger Avni Yildrim in front of a global audience on DAZN.
Jack fought out of his skin and took a unanimous points verdict to pick up the vacant IBF International title against the Turk who earlier this year challenged lb for lb King Canelo Alvarez.
Cullen has now been promised another big fight by Eddie Hearn and it’s one that will take him close towards a World title.
Cullen had a low key start to his professional career that began in October 2016, despite winning 15 of his first 16 fights almost exclusively on VIP cards.
Recognition came in May 2019 when he captured the vacant English Middleweight title dropping Jack Sellars three times and stopping his rival in eight rounds.
Less than three months later he got a breakthrough on Sky Sports when he defended his crown against favoured Dillian Whyte managed boxer John Harding Jr.
Cullen was at his best, Harding Jr had little answer to his taller rival’s work, and referee Bob Williams was forced to intervene in the eighth round.
That win booked Cullen a crack at Commonwealth Middleweight champion, Felix Cash and nobody was let down as the pair dished up a Fight of the Year contender.
Cash is hot property and floored Cullen early, but the VIP man gave his all and the champion had to come through rocky patches. Ultimately it was a step too far on the night, and this time it wasJack who succumbed in eight rounds.
He teamed up with new trainers Michael and Dave Jennings in 2020 after his draw against another good prospect Zak Chelli.