This Saturday night at the O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, EBU European Super Welterweight Champion Sergio Garcia (29-0, 13KOs) produced a performance that can only be compared to a matador slaughtering a bull in a bullring.
Hometown fighter Ted Cheeseman was hoping to impress on the big stage in front of a decent sized crowd but it was the excellent Garcia that stole the limelight.
From the very first bell the Spaniard was on the ascendancy with a high punch volume in a frantic three minutes.
Garcia continued this ferocious pace throughout the fight showing great footwork and an impressive variety of shots which Cheeseman was either unable to respond to or his game-plan wasn’t working?
By round six the fan favourite was getting desperate and more tired than the champ who landed with a beautifully timed right hand.
The 23-year-old was starting to look dejected and needed a spark which came in the eighth round. An excellent right, left and uppercut combination looked to finally have rocked Garcia but the Cantabrian finished the round strong.
It was brave and ballsy from Cheeseman but from this point on Garcia was comfortable, fluid and relaxed in every round, even when he did get caught. It was almost matador-like as he mixed up his shot beautifully before moving out of danger.
In the last couple of rounds the British champion showed unbelievable courage in hope for landing one big shot, even though the fight was up. El Niño just continued with the Pasadoble dance before allowing his bull to walk off disheveled and in disarray.
Sometimes world rankings can be deceiving but the 26-year-olds eleventh spot really is granted. The European champion will be remembered for the beating he dished out on Cheeseman and with Sergio Martínez behind him it won’t be long before he is given a World title shot.
Young Ted Cheeseman should not feel ashamed with his performance and he will learn more from this defeat than any of his other victories. The Millwall fan needs to go back the to the drawing board and defend his British title with the plan of winning it outright.
There are plenty of domestic bouts out there with fighters like Anthony Fowler, Scott Fitzgerald, Jason Welborn and Sam Eggington to name just a few. These British rivalries will be the perfect experience for such a young, tough, brave and skilful fighter like Cheeseman.
On the undercard Light-Heavyweight Craig ‘Spider’ Richards stopped Jake Ball in the third round of a scheduled 10.
Lawrence Okolie also stopped Tamas Lodi in three while Felix Cash and Fabio Wardley finished off Rasheed Abolaji and Morgan Dessaux in one.
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