Sam Eggington takes on Ted Cheeseman in the first episode of Matchroom’s Fight Camp Series on August 1, 2020, at Eddie Hearn’s back garden in Brentwood.

With boxing getting back on the scene following the return of football, baseball, and basketball, Eddie Hearn has set up a four-fight series for the month of August 2020 which will be concluded by the heavily-anticipated heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin on August 22, 2020. But first things first as two domestic talents in the light-middleweight division headline this weekend’s kick-off event.

“Boxing" Sam “Savage” Eggington

Sam Eggington is the former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion, WBC international welterweight champion, and European welterweight champion. The 26-year old from Birmingham in West Midlands, England is currently the #5 ranked fighter by the IBF. He won the IBF international light-middleweight title by knocking out Orlando Fiordigiglio in September 2019.

Eggington stands 5-10 tall with a 71-inch reach and fights out of the orthodox stance. Savage Sam has a record of 28-6 with 17 knockouts. Since losing to Liam Smith for the WBC silver light-middleweight title on March 30, 2019, Eggington has won four consecutive bouts and he is coming off stoppage wins over Fiordigiglio and Daniel Urbanski whom he both stopped inside two rounds.

This former IBO continental light-middleweight champion is an experienced fighter who has picked up knockout wins over former world title challenger Frankie Gavin and former IBF welterweight champion Pauli Malignaggi. He also fought but lost to former world champions Mohamed Mimoune and Liam Smith.

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“Boxing" Ted “Big Cheese” Cheeseman

Ted Cheeseman is a former English light-middleweight champion, WBA international light-middleweight champion, and British light-middleweight champion. This 24-year old from London in England also challenged for the European light-middleweight title in February 2019 but lost by decision to Sergio Garcia. In his last bout, Cheeseman lost the British light-heavyweight title to Scott Fitzgerald last October 2019.

Cheeseman is 5-10 tall with an undisclosed reach and fights out of the orthodox stance. Big Cheese has a record of 15-2-1 with nine knockouts. Cheeseman won his first 15 bouts but is 0-2-1 in his last three matches. After losing to Garcia, he drew with Kieron Conway before losing to Fitzgerald in his most recent outing. Big Cheese has not won a bout since October 2018.

After starting his career undefeated, Cheeseman now finds himself in a must-win situation after going winless in his last three bouts. He finds himself in a tough spot here because Eggington is hungry for a win that could give him a world title shot against Jeison Rosario. He hasn’t fought the same quality of opposition that Eggington has faced and his biggest win to date is against former NABA light middleweight champion Carson Jones.

“Boxing" Who Wins?

Eggington turned pro three years before Cheeseman did but he has fought nearly twice as the Londoner has. Unlike Cheeseman who was on an unbeaten run until two years ago, Eggington suffered two losses in his first 11 bouts. But he put those defeats in the rear-view mirror and won the WBC international silver welterweight five years ago. He suffered four more losses but he’s always bounced back. Since his last loss to Liam Smith, Eggington has won four straight bouts.

This isn’t a high-profile fight but I think we’ll see a great one this coming Saturday. Both of these men are come-forward fighters and neither likes to fight on his back foot. They are also solid athletes and have proven durability as we’ve seen both take a good amount of damage during their careers. There are a lot of similarities between these two that give this bout a recipe for an exciting fight.

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One of the main differences between these fighters though is punching power as I think that Eggington hits much harder than Cheeseman. If Eggington makes this a war early on, then I think he will wear down Cheeseman and score a stoppage in the middle or late rounds. Egginton also has the height and reach advantage here so he will use his size plus power to try and cut off the ring so he can unload his big shots on his opponent. He also has the edge when it comes to experience.

However, Eggington has made a career out of being too tough for his own good and he has taken a lot of damage. The mileage is there although he is still young and his defense is almost non-existent so that leaves the opportunity for Cheeseman to outbox him. He has also not fought beyond six rounds in his last nine bouts so there are question marks on his ability to go 12 rounds against a boxer like Cheeseman. Four out of Egginton’s six losses have been by decision so, he’s a guy who can be outboxed if the fight goes the full route.

There is no question that Cheeseman is the much better boxer between the two. He has better technical skills and despite losing to Fitzgerald the last time out, he showed that he can box well. The key for him is to keep this long, disciplined, and sensible. If he will not be lured into a slugfest, then there’s a good chance he wins this bout.

Cheeseman hasn’t won any of his last three fights while Eggington has won his last two by knockout. When it comes to momentum, it’s Eggington who has that and Cheeseman needs to establish his boxing early to get his confidence level up. That will be a challenge against an opponent who is taller and longer than him but if he plays it smart, Big Cheese may be moving big time in the world rankings after this fight.

Regardless of who has a good start, this will be a long fight between two fighters who want to prove they belong to the world level.

I think that Cheeseman will be wise enough to box from a distance. I think he will use the entire ring to try and avoid getting into a brawl. If he is disciplined enough, I think he will be good. If he boxes the way he did against Fitzerald, Cheeseman wins this. But we’ve seen The Big Cheese falter before, especially against better competition.

Eggington has been in bigger fights and has fought better foes. He has the size and the fight-changing punching power. Cheeseman will pile up the points but Eggington will not be denied here. I like the plus money on the underdog here better than the -400 on the better boxer who is shorter and doesn’t have enough punching power. I’ll take the risk here and go with the dog.

Prediction: Sam Eggington

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