Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp series gets underway on August 1 with a card headlined by Ted Cheeseman v Sam Eggington for the IBF international light-middleweight title. Can Cheeseman end an almost two-year run without a victory to claim the belt, or will Eggington successfully retain and move on to potentially bigger and better things?
Road To Ted Cheeseman v Sam Eggington
2019 was a disappointing year for Ted Cheeseman as his rise up the light-middleweight ladder came to a shuddering halt with three winless outings. His European title challenge ended in failure as he was bested over 12 rounds by Sergio Garcia, and although he did not lose his next outing a split draw with late stand-in Kieron Conway was hardly the ideal response to his first career loss. Things went from bad to worse before the end of the year as he dropped his British light-middleweight belt to Scott Fitzgerald via unanimous decision, and it was a result that did not sit well with the 24-year-old Londoner who felt he had “clearly cruised the fight” and branded the scoring “disgusting”. The result stood though, so what is next for Cheeseman as he tries to get his career back on track?
Sam Eggington is next. The 25-year-old fought no less than six times in 2019 with largely positive results. A fifth-round TKO defeat to Liam Smith early in the year was his second stoppage loss in the space of seven months, but he rebounded with a couple of decision wins in four-round and six-round fights before stopping Orlando Fiordigiglio inside two rounds to win the IBF title, and before the year was out Eggington swiftly stopped Daniel Urbanski in a non-title fight to set himself up nicely for 2020. This year has not gone as planned though, for obvious reasons, but Eggington will finally step back inside the ring on August 1 and he will be desperate to pick up from where he left off.
So will Eggington successfully retain his belt, or will Cheeseman get back to winning ways and claim the IBF international light-middleweight crown? Read on for our free Ted Cheeseman v Sam Eggington…
Ted Cheeseman v Sam Eggington Predictions & Tips
Cheesemen and Eggington are two very different fighters. Eggington is a heavy-hitter who will pour forward in an attempt to knock out his opponent, while Cheeseman is the more refined of the two fighters. The challenger showed his skillset in the loss to Fitzgerald, picking off his opponent from range with some clean and powerful punches, but as we all know that did not sway the judges in his favour as they handed him a controversial defeat. That approach will be the route to victory here though. Eggington is hardly renowned for having a good defence, so Cheeseman will use his footwork and movement to out-box Eggington from the outside and gain the judges’ favour after the fight goes the distance.
Ted Cheeseman v Sam Eggington Preview: Fighter Predictions
Ted Cheeseman: “I respect Sam as a fighter. 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. 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. 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 defence 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.”
Sam Eggington: “You only have to watch Ted fight to know that he doesn’t give up when it gets hard. I have full faith in myself, and if anyone can make him give up, I’ll be that guy. It’ll be a good fight while it lasts. With the way we both fight it’s going to gel for war, but I genuinely think I’ve got enough to get the win. I’m confident in this fight. It’s in the garden, and there won’t be a crowd, but that doesn’t matter to me. If I’m fighting and it’s a packed-out arena, I want to win that fight. If I’m fighting in an empty room, I’m fighting, and I still want to win. I’m going to bite down on my gum-shield and do anything I can to win.”