On a night (almost) full of knockouts, Ted Cheeseman succumbed to the first loss of his career against the impressive Sergio Garcia who successfully defended his European title.
Winning all but one round on two of the judges’ scorecards, Garcia out-boxed and outsmarted a tough Cheeseman who took a lot of shots over the 12 round contest.
In a frantic start, both fighters threw a variety of shots showing both endurance as well as durability. Unfortunately for Cheeseman, a theme of Garcia throwing the more successful punches and being able to dodge his opponents was fluent throughout the 12 rounds.
Cheeseman by no means disgraced himself and continued to fight back up until the final bell. Cheeseman, who won the British title in only his last fight and fought Carson Jones (40-12 at the time) this time last year, competitively went the distance against a 28-0 Spaniard who may challenge for world honours later this year.
The London crowd at the O2 had to wait until round 8 to see the best of Cheeseman as Bermondsey based fighter was able to hit Garcia with a variety of punches, rocking the European champ in the process.
However, Cheeseman struggled to turn that into a decent amount of momentum as he searched for the knockout towards the end of the fight but to no avail.
Bizarrely, one judge scored the fight 115-114 to Garcia, a lot closer than the other two judges who both scored it 119-109 respectively.
As mentioned before, Garcia may challenge for world honours later this year and is rated highly by the WBC. Cheeseman on the other hand is still only 23 and has plenty of options including domestic contests against the likes of Anthony Fowler, Scott Fitzgerald & Sam Eggington.
Craig Richards destroys Jake Ball after long-standing rivalry
After months of talk on social media and various pull outs, the chief support for last night’s show barely lasted 3 rounds out of a scheduled 10 round contest.
Knocking down Ball a total of 4 times, the referee of the bout rightly decided that enough was enough towards the end of the 3rd round.
After perhaps a tentative start in the 1st round, Ball was put down after agreeing to trade with Richards who before the fight had managed 7 knockouts within 13 wins.
Despite getting up each time, Ball could only hang on for so long before being put down again, bringing an early end to a contest that had been talked about for so long.
Other results included:
Felix Cash (10-0) defeating Rasheed Abolaji (11-4-1) via 1st round KO to capture the Commonwealth Super-Middleweight championship.
Lawrence Okolie (10-0) making easy work of Tamas Lodi (20-11-2) with a TKO in the 3rd round, defending his WBA Continental Cruiserweight title.