Mark Heffron is eyeing major honours when he can return to the ring.

The Oldham favourite is hoping to feature behind closed doors when boxing returns to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

That is expected to be July and having moved up to super-middleweight, the big-punching 28-year-old has Lerrone Richards in his sights, the man who holds both the British and Commonwealth titles at 168lb.

Heffron, promoted by Frank Warren, is looking to make his mark with a big fight at Latics’ Boundary Park being discussed for the summer of 2021.

“I want the British and Commonwealth, so whoever has got them I want. The same person has them both in Lerrone Richards, so I want him," he told

“It would definitely be an awkward one with his style and I would have to train extra, extra hard and set a mad pace for him, wouldn’t I?

“He is a tricky customer but I would be one hundred per cent happy to go straight in with him. I want to be in the big fights for proper titles. It will not be easy and it is not meant to be.

“This rest has done me some good because I had a few little niggles here and there that were dragging me down a bit, but I am good now and ready to go.”

Heffron’s only defeat in 26 fights came when challenging for British middleweight honours against Liam Williams back in December 2018.

The Welshman is now firmly in the hunt for world honours while ‘Kid Dynamite’ knows what went wrong on the night and is confident the move to the 12-stone class will reap rewards.

“I feel stronger there because once I start going below 12 stone it just zaps me and my energy levels just drop,” said Heffron, who has 19 knockouts in 25 wins.

“I used to do super middleweight and in sparring I have always felt big and strong until I start cutting the food down to make weight.

“It is one thing making middleweight and having the advantage of being big, but I need to be performing at middleweight to make that work for me. In the Liam Williams fight I messed up the weight as well and ended up coming in at 11st 4lbs.

“I got it all wrong for that fight and should have had someone with me who is experienced in getting to the weight in the correct way.

“What is next for me? Whatever Frank brings to the table and I am open to offers. I just want to be in big fights and I am definitely ready to jump straight in. I am ready to go, one hundred per cent.”

Heffron has been trying to stay as sharp as possible at home while also making the most of some valuable family time with young daughter Poppy.

“I am still training as normal, really,” he said.

“I still doing my two sessions a day, doing my running and I’ve got this boxing thing in my house that springs back to you so I have been doing 12 rounds on that.

“I am staying ready because, once all this is over, I want a date and I will be ready to go and you don’t know when the call is going to come.

“I’ve got to be training anyway because if I wasn’t I would lose my mind. I enjoy training and it is a big part of my life.

“I am also using the time to see my little girl more because I don’t usually get as much time because I am always in training.

“Now I am getting to spend a lot more time with Poppy and I am enjoying it, to be honest.

“We are doing the learning things and she knows the alphabet now, so she is a bit ahead of me!”

As for his Boundary Park dream, Heffron and manager Kevin Maree have big plans which have been backed by Warren and the club.

“I suppose one thing that is missing for me is an arena in Oldham because it is mint the support I get here,” he said.

“Fighting at Oldham Athletic is the goal for me and my manager has been in touch with the Warrens and it seems like they are up for it.

“I had a meeting there about nine or ten weeks ago and the football club are keen. I reckon I could sell it with the tickets I do up here and if they put a couple of Manchester lads on as well we would fill it up.

“Boundary Park is like a brand new stadium now and it would be a great place to stage a big fight.”