FightPost Boxer of the Week: Ted Cheeseman
By Gary Kittilsen
For the first time in months, we had a Saturday chock-filled with big-time boxing.
There different continents all played host to meaningful bouts and perhaps no card was more anticipated than Matchroom Boxings return to the ring which was headlined by Egg and Cheese.
Ted Cheeseman vs Sam Egginton was appointment television for hardcore boxing fans. It was a can’t miss all-action fight waiting to happen. And did the two tough Brits ever deliver!
The two delivered in what is assuredly the front runner for the fight of the year over 12-action packed, back and forth rounds. In a fight that Eddie Hearn described as “One of the best fights I have ever seen live” Cheeseman, of London, eeked out a close but deserving unanimous decision. To take home the IBF international super-welterweight title as well as our Fighter of the Week award.
Promoter Eddie Hearn opened up the doors to his childhood home which is now the Matchroom’s Essex headquarters, to help get live boxing back in the UK, which has been on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic since March.
Despite there being no fans in attendance at the picture-perfect scenic setting that is Matchroom headquarters there were certainly plenty of fireworks.
The two combatants got right to work as soon as the opening bell sounded. Cheeseman landed the first big shot of the night landed a quick right hand in the second round which rocked the Eggington. “The big cheese” stayed aggressive fighting off the front foot and imposing his will on his naturally smaller opponent and working him to the body, building up a lead on the scorecards through the early rounds.
However, Eggington came roaring back in the middle rounds landing thudding left hooks that began to take a toll on Cheeseman. As the two continued tradings at close range, a right hand from Eggington in the seventh caused a cut over Cheeseman’s eye and changed the momentum of the fight.
However, the natural 154-pound Cheeseman proved to be just a bit too strong as he rallied again late and did just enough to take the decision by scores of 115-114 and 116-113 twice and improve his record to 16-2-1 (9) in what was an unforgettable all-action fight.
Ted Cheeseman finally got the decision he deserved. He probably, and in the eyes of many, deserved the decision over Fitzgerald in the Newcastle Arena back in October of 2019. This win combined with the excellent performance against Fitzgerald puts The Big Cheese back into world title contention in the talent loaded 154-pound division.
Over a four-month span in 2018 Cheeseman caught the eye of boxing fans all over the world when he defeated Carson Jones and then-unbeaten Paul Upton to catapult himself itself world title conversation.
Those talks went away when he suffered a loss to Sergio Garcia and then a draw to Kieron Conway. However, he has left those less than stellar performances in the past and has rejuvenated his career.
Perhaps one more big win in either a rematch with Sergio Garcia or Scott Fitzgerald or with a win over a Jack Culcay, Cheeseman can propel himself to a world title shot. A fight with WBO 154 pound titleholder Patrick Texiera would not only be very makeable as both fighters fight on DAZN it is also a winnable bout for the Londoner.
Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing