BEN Mulligan's big fight night experience has left the Prestwich fighter hungry for more.

The 23-year-old welterweight recorded the fifth victory of his career on the Crolla v Barrosa undercard at Manchester Arena.

And the biggest audience of his short career inspired rather than daunted the promising young boxer as he defeated experienced journeyman Kevin McCauley comfortably on points.

"We were actually the last fight on before Crolla, so there were about 10,000 people in the Arena when we went into the ring," said Mulligan.

"It was unbelievable, a great experience.

"The support for me was amazing and made me more determined than ever to strive to one day be top the bill in the Arena.

"I am confident that will happen in the future, but it was great to get a taste of that kind of atmosphere in only my fifth fight."

Mulligan's pre-fight build-up did not run as smoothly as he would have liked after intended opponent Ian Henry pulled out just days before.

McCauley, aged 36, a veteran of 137 bouts, was a last-minute replacement, but he fights one division up at super-welterweight, meaning he had a weight advantage over the Prestwich boxer as well as being vastly more experienced.

"Henry was a match-up I was looking forward to, as I think he would have given me a good test, but he had to pull out on the Thursday before the fight," said Mulligan, who fights under his full name Sean Ben Mulligan.

"I know McCauley is a journeyman, but he is one of the best journeymen out there and I was grateful he was able to step in at the last minute.

"He had a weight advantage but I won every round, taking the decision 40-36.

"I nearly had him out in the third round, I have his legs going but the bell saved him.

"So I think it was a good performance."

Mulligan, who is managed by Steve Wood and trained by former British and European champion Pat Barrett at Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club, expects to return to the ring in the first couple of weeks of July, although no opponent has been set yet.

He is eager to join forces with more local businesses after a raft of Prestwich-based sponsors helped him prepare for his latest fight.

They included Wam Sandwich, Mellissa Berry estate agents and Mawson Solicitors.

"I have to give a big thank you to all my fans for going to support me at the Arena, and the local business that have helped me," Mulligan added.

"Without them, none of this would have been possible, their help has been massive, and I look forward to working with more local businesses in the future."

To keep track of Mulligan's progress, following him on Twitter at @BMulliganBox