This Saturday night sees the first Matchroom Boxing UK event of the year at the O2 Arena.
The card is headlined by Ted Cheeseman (15-0) challenging the experienced Sergio Garcia (28-0) for the EBU European Super Welterweight Title. Cheeseman, 23 has already claimed English and WBA International titles but his most impressive feat came in his last fight as he won the vacant BBBofC British Super-Welterweight Title in an entertaining fight outpointing Asinia Byfield. Everything that has has been asked of Cheeseman so far he has passed with flying colours, a few notable wins coming against Kell Brooks former foe Carson Jones and the undefeated Pauly Upton and he will know shall he come through this then he could be on a domestic collision course with the winner of Anthony Fowler v Scott Fitzgerald.
A rivalry with Fowler has been brewing nicely as both guys have not been shy in their dislike of each other by taking it to social media where fans have been able to witness some heated back and forth debates between the pair. Garcia, 28 travels to UK as the current EBU European Champion and is promotionally backed by a legend of the game, the former Middleweight Champion of the World, Sergio Martinez. Aside from the fantastic backing of Martinez, Garcia has slowly worked his way up the ranks and seems to have great belief in himself which is evidenced in his undefeated record. The Spaniard seems to show up in step up fights as he did winning the title in his last fight widely outpointing Maxine Beaussire (27-1-1) in Cantabria. Saturday will be a tricky fight to call. Garcia likes to box on the outside where as Cheeseman likes to inflict educated pressure to force his opponents to work hard on the back foot. Both men’s strengths will surely be tested in this one. Cheeseman is my 2019 “one to watch” in the UK. So far I’ve been really impressed by him and expect him to get better with each fight. He can be a little green and easy to hit at times but the talent and determination is clearly there for all to see. I expect Garcia to provide some sticky moments as he moves well and paws out a puzzling jab and wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go all the way to the scorecards.
For me however I just see Cheeseman’s work rate taking over down the stretch and think he may even get Garcia out of there late. One way or another I’m sure fight fans won’t be disappointed as Cheeseman is never in a dull one.