Does Ted Cheeseman Have The Competitive Edge Over Sam Eggington?
Looking to fight back from adversity, Ted Cheeseman has managed to secure his spot as a main eventer for Matchroom Boxing. Can the 26-year-old take advantage of the opportunity?
Cheeseman will face off against Sam Eggington during the debut of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 1. On the line will be Eggington’s IBF Super-Welterweight Title, as well as his spot in the top five of the IBF. A smaller fighter, Cheeseman (15-2-1) believes that Eggington has a disadvantage when it comes to competing in the division.
“I respect Sam as a fighter,” said Cheeseman to Matchroom. “He’s a really good fighter, but I think he’s a massive Welterweight. I think he’s a fragile Light-Middleweight. When push comes to shove and I stand there and start bullying him and dominating him in the middle of the ring, he hasn’t got a Plan B but I have.”
Cheeseman made his professional debut in 2015, and won five bouts in 2016, all via some form of knockout. A WBA International Super-Welterweight Champion, “The Big Cheese” lost his first bout to start 2019 while facing Sergio Garcia. He then drew with Kieron Conway and lost to Scott Fitzgerald, both for the BBBofC British Super-Welterweight Title.
With nine wins via knockout, Cheeseman believes his style of fighting can benefit him. After a stint at welterweight, Eggington (28-6) has moved up to super-welterweight. With four wins in a row, it would seem that Eggington has the advantage. Cheeseman, however, has stated that his versatility will outweigh the skills of Eggington.
“If it goes wrong for me, I can box. If I start pushing him back and he can’t handle the strength or power, he has to try and fight back,” Cheeseman went on to say. “If that isn’t working what does he do next? I know I can box, I’ve got that Plan B. I feel I’m going to be too big and too strong.
“I feel like I’ll get Sam out of there in the later rounds. He’s going to have a go early on but as the rounds go on he’s going to keep on getting hit as his defense is his face. Once I keep hitting him the damage is going to come on top and one of the shots is going to land and he’s going to go.”
“Matchroom Fight Camp” takes place in Brentwood, Essex, in the backyard of Matchroom’s UK office. The co-main event will be James Tennyson v. Gavin Gwynne for the vacant British Lightweight Title. The show will air on Sky Sports and DAZN.