Eddie Hearn is eyeing a potential British featherweight title shot for Reece Bellotti next and would “love” to stage it in Watford.

The rising South Oxhey star enjoyed a successful first defence of his Commonwealth title on Saturday when a mature and disciplined display was rounded off with a superb right that floored challenger Ben Jones in the sixth round, with the referee immediately stopping the contest at the O2.

The 27-year-old’s Matchroom Boxing promoter feels Bellotti is now ready to challenge for the British belt and both men are awaiting the outcome of holder Ryan Walsh’s title fight with Issac Lowe on Saturday, February 17 with interest.

“It’s up to [Bellotti’s trainer] Jim [McDonell] essentially but I want him to fight the winner of Lowe against Walsh,” Hearn told Sky Sports when asked what the featherweight’s next test could be.

“I think he’s ready for the British title now. He’s gone through the levels, he’s beaten [Jason] Cunningham, beaten Ben Jones tonight, he’s improving all the time. He’s not the finished article but he’s got the equaliser, he hits so hard and I don’t think there’s many certainly domestic featherweights that can keep up with his power.

“Lowe against Walsh is an interesting fight, look for the winner and I’d love to do it in Watford.”

Unbeaten Bellotti is known for his punching power but Saturday’s 11th knockout and 12th professional victory was founded on his most complete all-round boxing performance yet.

There was none of the over-eagerness that has sometimes been a feature of previous contests, with the Hornets fan looking calm and assured as he took control from the outset, with his body shots proving an effective weapon and forcing the 35-year-old to drop to a knee in the fourth round.

“I wanted to show a bit more boxing skills in there,” Bellotti said. “I’m not just a puncher like everyone thinks I am.

“Jim and I have been working a lot in the gym on footwork and movement and stuff like that and it paid off tonight. The timing was there and we’ve been practising that (winning) shot in the dressing room, that exact shot, and Jim said if you land that its game over.”