Ted Cheeseman talks December 12 fight, aims for busy 2016

Matt Horan 25/11/2015

Bermondsey’s 20-year old prospect Ted Cheeseman is one of the latest boxers to join Eddie Hearn’s growing Matchroom stable.

A product of the famous Fishers Amateur Boxing Club in South London, Cheeseman is now trained and managed by the experienced Tony Sims as he looks to progress in the pro ranks.

The welterweight made his debut back in September on a stacked bill at London’s O2 Arena, stopping his opponent in the second round and has since gone on to add another victory to his record.

“I really enjoy the professional game, it’s different but much better than the amateurs. I’m working on a lot more stuff and improving on everything all the time with the coach,” Cheeseman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’m signed to Eddie Hearn and it’s brilliant. My first fight was on a massive card at the O2 and my second was at York Hall, so it’s already great to get that exposure and experience early on in my career. For my debut I sold around 300 tickets so I have a good, solid fan base behind me.”

Cheeseman is confident that his third fight will be on another huge card on December 12, again headlined by training partner Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena.

“December 12 will probably be Britain’s biggest card this year and I’ll be a part of it, so that’s great. Me and Tony want a better opponent, maybe another novice like myself who will come to win, rather than a journeyman. That way It will bring the best out of me,” he said.

“It will probably be another four-rounder, we are happy not to rush anything at the moment. Saying that, I Want to get into the game and get what I can out of it as quick as possible. I’m young and fresh right now and still learning all the time.

“I want to just be ready for when the right fight comes along. I’m not worried about who I fight and leave it all down to Tony. When he thinks I’m ready, I will be.”

The Londoner is also intent on winning as many titles as he can, as he attempts to reach the top of the game.

“Eddie Hearn has already told me that he wants me have about ten fights next year and by the end of it I want to be challenging for titles,” he added.

“I would love to go that route of picking up area titles, then English, British and so on. Darren Barker is at my gym a lot and he went that route himself, starting with the southern area and then all the way up to a world title. Obviously, it’s slightly harder to get that chance to fight for smaller titles like Southern Area now, so we will just see how things go.”

Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123