Ben Mulligan will fight for a world title next month when he takes on Thomas Murray for the WBN Lightweight crown in Belfast.

The Fivemiletown boxer has claimed three belts in the past two years, but victory in the upcoming WBN clash against Englishman Murray would be the biggest of them all.

“This is the biggest title fight I have ever boxed for,” admitted Mulligan.

“I had a good year last year and picked up two titles and that has got me this fight. I have won three titles in a row now. I won a Celtic title and an international title and then a European title so I feel confident. I feel good at the minute but I don’t know if I’m favourite or not. I don’t know much about him, I know he turned pro in 2006 but I haven’t looked into that side of things yet.

“I try not to overthink things, but I feel like I’m in a good position for this fight. Thomas turned pro around the same time as I did but he had a good amateur pedigree and was looked after by a big promotional company so it will be 50-50. Hopefully if it’s close I will get the advantage because I’m the home fighter in Belfast.”

Mulligan admits that regardless of the outcome of the contest this will be his final fight, with the 33 year old looking to pursue other interests after the Belfast clash.

“This will be my last fight no matter what,” he stated. “It would be brilliant to finish with a victory. It couldn’t be better than to finish with a world title. There would be nothing else for me to do and I don’t want to go backwards. I would be boxing on under cards with young fighters and I don’t want to go back to that. I just feel like I can’t go any further. I’ve done what I wanted to do and I’m not getting any younger. The training camps are getting harder and I can feel it in my body. I’ve done what I can do and in the future I want to open up my own club. I want to get into that end of it because I know I would enjoy that and my manager has always said that we will sort something after I finished boxing.”

Ben’s recent successes have been inspired by a health scare that saw him diagnosed with skin cancer in 2015. He thought that diagnosis would spell the end of his boxing career, so when he recovered and realised he could get back into the ring it spurred him on to upset the odds and secure the Celtic title that would open doors and eventually lead to next month’s world title shot.

“I hadn’t boxed in two years and I came back and I got the chance of the Celtic title against a Belfast lad,” he recalled.

“I was brought down there to get beaten because the promoters thought I would be an easy match but I put the work in. I did a 14 week camp. I had missed boxing so much when I was away so I was determined that I would beat him. It has been a whirlwind since that and I’ve been gathering opportunities because I was putting in the performances.”

Mulligan feels that he is in good shape for his final title fight, and is determined to put in the work to ensure he finishes his career on a high.

“I am always training at least four days per week the whole year through, and last year I didn’t take much time off between fights,” he said. “People come to the fight but they don’t see all the work that goes in beforehand. I haven’t done anything from Christmas so I intend to be in the gym just about every day now until the week of the fight. I would like to thank all my sponsors who have helped me out and my coach Gary Parkinson who has been with me since I was nine or ten.”

Mulligan’s WBN World Lightweight title fight takes place at the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast on Saturday February 15.