Exciting young English Super-Welterweight Ted Cheeseman (15-0, 9KOs) demonstrated why he is one of the best young fighters in the country with an impressive win over Asinia Byfield (14-2, 6KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, London.
At the tender age of just 23, Cheeseman picked up the vacant British Title with a comprehensive victory against slick operator Byfield. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 with the third scoring it a little wider at 117-110.
John Ryder’s seventh round knockout of Andrey Sirotkin was the main event of the evening but there was more interest in the domestic tear-up between Cheeseman and ‘The Ghost’. The war of words on social media plus a highly entertaining press conference spat added a bit of spice to an already intriguing match-up.
It was the Bermondsey bomber that produced the goods once again, like he did against seasoned pro Carson Jones in his previous fight. The ‘Big Cheese’ walked through Byfield’s punches time and again while sustaining a high level of work rate and punch output to win unanimously.
Question is what is the next step of this young protégée?
A first defence of the British title will surely be the first point of call so how about Scott Fitzgerald (11-0, 8KOs) from Preston. The 26-year-old is yet to be tested and may fancy a step up in class.
Although ‘Fitzy’ would be a decent opponent for Cheeseman the British boxing fans are calling out for Anthony Fowler (8-0, 7KOs). The Merseysider only just turned professional on May 2017 and is still relatively inexperienced but does have an excellent amateur background.
Both are under the management and guidance of Eddie Hearn, so this would not be a hard fight to make. The only stumbling block would be Hearn himself who may want to let this potential match-up build momentum first. There is no doubt both fighters want it but in today’s boxing climate that is not enough to get a fight signed.
If not Fowler, then maybe a more experienced fighter like Birmingham boy Sam Eggington (23-5, 15KOs). Not only would ‘The Savage’ be a difficult challenge but he to likes to fight on the front foot which would make this a fascinating duel and a potential ‘fight of the year’ contender.
Eggington is a former European Champion and has been competing at that level for the last couple of years so he may see Cheeseman as a risk not worth taking. But with high risk comes great reward and the Brummie has shown he will fight anybody.
Three days before Christmas Day on the Frampton-Warrington undercard Liam Williams (18-2-1, 13KOs) takes on undefeated James Metcalf (18-0, 10 KOs). The winner will probably want to push on for world honours, but the loser will look to re-build so a bout against the new British Champion might be the right fit in 2019.
In my opinion, the Londoner is not yet ready for a Liam Smith (26-2-1, 14KOs) or a Kell Brook (37-2, 26KOs) so if he did want to move away from the domestic scene and look for an opponent ranked higher in the world rankings then maybe Magomed Kurbanov (15-0, 11KOs) could be an option. Not many fans will have heard of the dangerous Russian but be assured this would be a very tough contest for Cheeseman.
Alternatively, fellow Russian compatriot Ismail Lliev (11-0-1, 3KOs) or Irishman Dennis Hogan (27-1-1, 7KOs) who resides in Australia would both good very good learning fights.
The new Lord Lonsdale belt holder looks ahead of schedule so finding the right dance partner will be a difficult assignment. You don’t want to move him along too quickly, although I’m sure he will probably tell you that he’s ready for Brook now.
This feller not only possesses skills beyond his years but he has also shown a solid chin. That being said he has a lot to learn and getting whacked too many times in the swede will eventually take its toll so he definitely needs to address that issue.
Being so young, eager to learn and with a very good coach on Tony Sims the future looks rosey for the Millwall footie fan.
You can catch the young lion at the Millwall vs Bolton Wanderers game on November 24th parading his 154lb British strap. If Cheeseman can keep on progressing at this rate it won’t be long before we see him fighting in front of the 20,000 fans at The Den, maybe even with British Welterweight champion Johnny Garton on the same card.