Karl Wheeler says he’s ready for a title shot after a winning return at the “home of British boxing.”
The 33 year-old will meet promoter Steve Goodwin to talk about what’s next after a points win over Tomislav Rudan at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
In his first fight for a year, Wheeler won every one of the six rounds on the referee’s scorecard.
Rudan, who’d won his previous two fights, was tough and stubborn, but Wheeler was too good and said afterwards: “I think I’m ready to fight for a title now.
“But it’s up to my manager (Stephen Whitwell) and promoter to decide whether I need another fight or two first.”
Wheeler declared himself happy with the way he boxed - and celebrated with a cheeseburger !
He said: “I love eating burgers and chocolate as much as anyone, but I change my lifestyle when I have a fight coming up.
“It’s not easy, but I do what it takes to win fights.
“I’m probably the fittest cruiserweight out there. I love training. I train three times every day.
“I did the six rounds easily enough on Saturday night - and I could have done another six.
“I was a bit rusty, but felt comfortable enough in there everyone seemed happy enough with the way I boxed. The crowd seemed to enjoy it. They were awesome. They made so much noise.”
Wheeler’s supporters saw him take control of the fight with his jab and were on their feet when the fighters traded heavy punches in the fifth and sixth rounds.
Wheeler said: “He (Rudan) dropped his hands and said: ‘Come on !’ so we had a tear up - and the crowd went crazy.”
Rudan had to break off the exchanges as Wheeler out punched him, but the Croat earned the Peterborough boxer’s respect.
“He was a tough opponent,” said Wheeler, “and he was confident. He had won his previous two fights and fancied it.”
At the final bell, Wheeler’s son, 10-year-old Onri, rushed into the ring to celebrate with his father.
Wheeler said: “Onri was in tears and that made me burst out crying.
“He’s my inspiration. I can’t let Onri see me lose.”
Eye light-heavyweight Sam Barron didn’t box on the bill after his opponent pulled out just before the show.