Matchroom Boxing will get back underway this Saturday night when Sam Eggington (28(7)-6) will square off against Ted Cheeseman (15(9)-2-1) in what is expected to be a fan-friendly fight between the pair.
It has been a long wait for British boxing fans, with Queensberry promotions returning recently with two shows including a British Title classic as well as heavyweight action including Joe Joyce in the last two weeks on BT Sport. However, the time has come for Matchroom Boxing to return to the boxing realm.
'Fight Camp' will show one show per week for the next four weeks with the fights taking place behind closed doors in terms of no crowd, the fights will actually take place outdoors, to be more specific, in Eddie Hearns back garden bringing a new meaning to ‘on the cobbles’.
Cheeseman will be aiming to return to winning ways, having not won in his last three fights (2L 1D) and will see the fight with Eggington as a good chance to show fans that he is still a serious threat to the Super Welterweight division. Recently calling Eggington a 'fragile Super Welterweight', 'The Big Cheese' is predicting a late stoppage in his favour.
For Eggington, a rough run of form that saw him lose to the likes of Mohammed Mimoune and Hassan Mwakinyo has been arrested in recent times as he has put four wins together and will now look to get back into the big fights with a win over the ever tough Cheeseman.
Speaking to ESBR recently, Eggington stated 'Don’t get me wrong Ted is good but he drew against Conway, I know a lot of people are saying it should have at least been a draw or he beat Fitzgerald but the fact is he lost for the European, he lost against Fitzgerald and he drew against Conway. Those are the facts. He doesn’t give up, I know that. He is wired in a similar way to me, when things get tough he can carry on going until he has nothing left and I think that will make for a good fight.'
In the co-main event of the evening, the hard-hitting James Tennyson (26(22)-3) will square off with Welshman Gavin Gwynne (12(2)-1) for the vacant British Lightweight title. Tennyson was TKO’ed in a bid for the IBF Super Featherweight belt two years ago and will hope a win here will propel him back toward world title fights in the future. Gwynne will hope to win the British belt at the second attempt after a losing shot against highly-touted Joe Cordina last August.
Also on the card, Jordan Gill (24(7)-1) will look to continue his rebuild after suffering his first pro loss in 2019 as he faces the ever-exciting Reece Bellotti (14(12)-3) who himself is looking to rebuild after dropping SD Francesco Grandelli in October, fireworks are sure to fly when these two meet up.
It will be bombs away in the Heavyweight division when unbeaten Fabio Wardley (8(7)-0) faces Simon Vallily (17(7)-2-1) for the vacant English crown, Wardley is beginning to build up a head of steam in the division and will face his biggest test yet against Vaillily who has only tasted defeat to Craig Glover and Mairis Briedis and offers a big step up for the unbeaten man.
Opening the card will be the young prospect Dalton Smith (5(4)-0) as he squares up to Nathan Bennet (9(2)-1) at Lightweight, Smith is a very highly rated prospect and will be expected to make a statement against Bennet who has only tasted defeat to Ben Fields.
Aside from Saturday's show, Sky Sports subscribers have a range of fights to look forward to thanks to Matchroom Boxing over the next few weeks including: world champion Terri Harper defending her world title against Natasha Jonas, Chris Kongo & Luther Clay in a domestic grudge match and finally an international heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte & Alexander Povteking on Sky Sports Box Office.
I think every boxing fan has been happy to see boxing return to our screens, it will offer a little slice of normality in these strange times.