It's 'The Savage' vs 'The Big Cheese'! Birmingham clashes with Bermondsey as Sam Eggington (28-6, 17KOs) takes on Ted Cheeseman (15-2-1, 9KOs). on August 1 in the first of Matchroom Boxing's summer season of 'Fight Camps'.
BBN asked their panel of boxing experts for their predictions for Sam Eggington vs Ted Cheeseman and here's what they said:
Welsh Area super lightweight champion
"I think Eggington wins this quite cleanly, I think he has much more experience and his height may play a big factor too."
Manager / Promoter, VIP Promotions
"Great 50/50 fight to start the Matchroom Sky Sports shows and one I am really looking forward to.
If the fight starts off into a war early, like people are expecting it to, then I would go with Eggington, but personally think Cheeseman will box on his feet, like he did with Scott Fitzgerald, confuse Sam and win on points, despite coming through a few scary points in the fight."
Three-weight national amateur champion
"I reckon Ted Cheeseman will put up a valiant effort, but I think Sam Eggington will eventually break him down and force a late stoppage."
"First of all, what a fight!
I'd say I'm more of a Ted Cheeseman fan as he is from London and a Millwall fan, like me. However, I find it very hard to bet against Sam Eggington, he is always there and never ever drops back. He's currently ranked No.5 in the IBF ratings, making him in touching distance of a world title fight with unified world super welterweight champion Jeison Rosario. I find that quite inspiring and I hope he gets his shot.
I think that 'The Big Cheese' possesses the better boxing ability and if he can keep it long, sensible and disciplined then I think he can outbox Eggington to win on points. He'll have a height and reach disadvantage so he'll need to be super sharp to do that.
However, Sam is called 'The Savage' for a reason and he can hurt opponents if they allow him to get up close. He has stopped his last two opponents, so he's on a roll right now. Cheeseman hasn't won any of his last three fights, so momentum and form is not on his side, but then he'll be desperate for a win.
Hopefully, his struggles outside of the ring have now gone and he will be fully focused. If he can box to a game plan then I believe he wins on points, and I hope he does."
Co-Founder of buymyfight.com
I’ll try to predict this with my head rather than heart, as Eggington is a close friend of ours being the first ever Boxer to use Buy My Fight for making the ticket sales for a Pro Boxer easy.
Naturally, we’ll support him in every fight, but that said this is a very, very good matchup between two Boxers who won’t leave anything inside the ring. Both come forward, although previously Cheeseman decided to box, which nearly worked against Scott Fitzgerald, but not quite, and Eggington, as we know, always comes to fight.
Purely from feeling the energy and desire within a recent conversation with Sam, I honestly believe he’ll be coming out of the ring victorious. Whether that’s a stoppage or points win, I don’t think Eggington is one for predictions himself, but if I had to lay money on it I’ll say a late stoppage, round nine.
Best of luck to both of these gents."
British Boxing News Writer
"Eggington has made a career out of being too tough for his own good and despite being young he has already taken a lot of punishment, due in part to his lack of defense and head movement.
Cheeseman was outclassed during his pursuit of the European title against Sergio Garcia but can count himself unlucky not to come away with victories in his last two contests against Kieran Conway and Scott Fitzgerald.
It could be a fun fight whilst it lasts but I expect the younger and more talented Cheeseman to stop Eggington by the sixth round and put him in contention for a rematch with Fitzgerald."
British Boxing News
"Great domestic crossroads fight.
I expect Cheeseman to follow a similar gameplan he deployed against Fitzgerald boxing on the backfoot evading shots from his opponent.
Eggington has struggled with movers in the past. Bradley Skeete caused him serious problems in their fight which ended in being a unanimous decision defeat for the Savage in 2016. Although to counter this notion, Eggington defeated his local rival Frankie Gavin (8th round TKO) who's known to be a highly skilled technical boxer.
Eggington, known for his all action style will be looking to claim another domestic win but expect this to get feisty later down the stretch.
Cheeseman decision for me."