Recently crowned British Super Welterweight Champion Ted Cheeseman (15-0, 9KOs) will be taking a calculated but educated risk this Saturday night when he attempts to dethrone the EBU European title holder Sergio Garcia (28-0, 13Kos) at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, England.
With just 15 professional fights to his name and at the tender age of just 23, Cheeseman could have decided to take a more domestic route with the aim of capturing the Lonsdale belt outright. Instead ‘The Big Cheese’ has opted to establish himself on the European stage against a tricky opponent.
Not many will know much about Garcia outside of Spain but he does have the former middleweight superstar Sergio Martinez behind him, which will give him some valuable knowledge and experience in his corner.
Spain’s number one at 154-pounds has fought 28 times without defeat and calculated a total of 176 rounds with a 46% knockout ratio. The 26-year-old from Cantabria, in the north of Spain, stands at 5’ 11” and has a combined opponent record of 268-291-36.
El Nino, is the first ever Cantabrian to be a European titlist after picking up the strap last year against Frenchman Maxime Beaussire in his hometown. Zakaria Attou was the initial champion but he had to pull out 8-days before the fight due to a cut in sparring. It was a one sided dominant display by Garcia but Beaussire was game enough to force the fight to the judges scorecards.
British ranked No.3 Ted Cheeseman had an excellent 2018 recording victories over Carson Jones, Paul Upton and Asinia Byfield. The Bermondsey-puncher has a combined opponent record of 181-105-13 in just 15 fights, giving away almost 100 rounds of experience to his Spanish opponent, totalling only 79 but has a 60% knockout ratio.
Whether the extra rounds will prove pivotal only time will tell but Garcia is fighting on foreign soil for the first time in his career and has fought the lesser opposition.
This will be the first time both fighters have headlined in an area this big so it might be a case of who has the mental toughness to deal with the atmosphere and occasion rather than the physical battle. Team-Cheeseman would do well to tap into another hot potential in Lewis Ritson for guidance and advice after he allowed his European dream to slip away last year on his showcase night.
Garcia is here to establish himself in front of a British audience and goes into the fight as the underdog even though he is the champion. This really is a risky move by Cheeseman but his experience from last year should give him the edge.
The young Londoner has a bit of everything, he can box clever on the outside and mix it up in close quarters plus he’s showed a solid chin against decent opposition.
As long as Cheeseman doesn’t look beyond Garcia and underestimate the champion which I don’t think he will, I’m going for the Millwall favourite to produce a career best performance and end the fight by stoppage in between rounds 8 and 10.
Also on the bill we have an intriguing match-up in the Light-Heavyweight division between Craig Richards (13-1, 7KOs) and Jake Ball (12-1, 9KOs). There’s been a bit of needle in the build-up so expect fireworks for the potential fight of the night.
The rest of the undercard features Lawrence Okolie, Felix Cash, Scott Fitzgerald and much more.
Enjoy the fights!! Seconds out…