Following a few bouts in which Ted Cheeseman has fallen short of a win, “The Big Cheese” redeemed himself while also winning the big one.
In the debut of “Matchroom Fight Camp” in Essex, Cheeseman (16-2-1) beat Sam Eggington (28-7) via unanimous decision (116-113, 116-113, 115-114). As a result, he became the new IBF International Super-Welterweight Champion.
“I lot of people doubted me, thought I would tire,” Cheeseman stated. “When it got tough, I had a fight with Sam. It was morale – I haven’t won for nearly two years – and you need confidence.
“I was confident going into that ring. There was no pressure with no crowd. I made mistakes but I boxed really well. I could have thought: ‘It isn’t going my way’. But I gave it my all. If I lost tonight, I would have retired. I could cry my eyes out with happiness.”
Fighting in Eddie Hearn’s former childhood home, both fighters were ready to put on a show. Cheeseman started things off with a few jabs, while Eggington landed a few of his own. As both were fighting close, Eggington landed some overhand shots. It appeared as of Eggington might have had an early advantage as he was pushing Cheeseman back.
Round two saw Cheeseman storm back with a few uppercut shots and a slipping right hand. He continued to land key shots with one-two combinations. He would hit a short uppercut and right hook as Eggington was now pushed back towards the ropes. Eggington would also land combination shots as he looked to find some sort of advantage.
It was a back and forth affair following the first few rounds as Cheeseman continued to fight closer. He would hit shots to the head and about four-five jabs to the body of Eggington. Both would land multiple jabs as the fourth and fifth rounds would arrive. Eggington, however, would drop his hands when he had any sort of momentum. Cheeseman would use that towards his advantage, landing stiff shots to the face. Eggington’s guard was failing him as Cheeseman would continue to land head and body shots. An overhand shot was key towards the end of the round.
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Cheeseman would continue to land volume shots as Eggington’s defense was failing him. A left hook stunned Eggington as Cheeseman found his opening. Backed up against the ropes, Eggington did everything he could to stay in the fight, landing a right as the eighth round came to a close. It saved him in a sense as he was able to hit uppercuts and body shots in the ninth. While it looked sloppy, he hit a few hooks while Cheeseman fought back with a few jabs.
Rounds ten and eleven saw Eggington and Cheeseman fight for momentum. Cheeseman went inside and Eggington landed a few close shots of his own. Round twelve is where the fight would be determined. Cheeseman was wobbled by Eggington this time around. Both then traded off with hooks and it ended up being Eggington being forced to be by the ropes. As the fight ended, both warriors gave it their all with vicious shots. They embraced after the busy affair.
Cheeseman won his first fight since October 2018. Before the win, he was 1-2-1 in four fights. Eggington, who won the IBF title in September 2019, was making his first defense of the belt. The loss ended a four-fight win streak.
Main Card (2 p.m. ET, DAZN)
Ted Cheeseman def. Sam Eggington via unanimous decision – (116-113, 116-113, 115-114) – IBF International Super-Welterweight Title
James Tennyson def. Gavin Gwynne via TKO (2:30 into round six) – Vacant British Lightweight Title
Fabio Wardley def. Simon Vallily via TKO (1:01 into round three) – Vacant English Heavyweight Title
Dalton Smith def. Nathan Bennett via KO (2:56 into round five)
Jordan Gill def. Reece Bellotti via unanimous decision (96-95, 97-93, 97-93)