SEAN Ben Mulligan is itching to get back into the ring after making a winning return at Bowlers Arena at the start of the month.

The 24-year-old Prestwich super-welterweight knocked out Essex debutant Lewis Meason on the stroke of the bell at the end of the first round.

He produced a huge right hook to force the stoppage, the referee finally stepping in after Mulligan had twice put Meason on the canvas earlier in the round.

It was a perfect comeback for the young boxer, who had not fought since last November, when he suffered the first defeat of his seven-fight professional career at the hands of Jumanne Camero.

"I'm buzzing," he said at ringside, after claiming the sixth win and second knockout of his career in the first of four scheduled rounds.

"It's been hard being out for a year.

"But I knew I was going to be sharp and I have shown what I can do when I am 100 per cent."

Mulligan acknowledges he made mistakes in the build-up to his defeat against Camero, struggling to make the weight, but after injuries suffered in a car crash extended his spell out of the rin he says he is now back on track under the guidance of former Commonwealth champion Matty Hall.

"Whoever was put in the ring there with me I would have given them a hard night.

"I felt good in myself and I am buzzing, but I have got to forget about that now.

"It's straight back in the gym for me. I want to move on to the next fight and I know I need to produce performances like that more consistently."