BERMONDSEY super-welterweight Ted Cheeseman is working his way to a shot at the British title by the end of the year.
Cheeseman stepped up the quality of his opposition when he took on and beat Carson Jones at the O2 in February. With Asinia Byfield and James Metcalf due to fight an eliminator for the British title, Cheeseman can expect to be in more exciting fights in 2018. In a competitive domestic field Ted, now a WBA International titlist, aims to make a name for himself.
“He really understands that if he wants to put a stamp on the division, especially domestically, he’s got to stand apart from the likes of Anthony Fowler, who’s a Rio Olympian,” his manager Charlie Sims said. “We had to get him a bigger fight, we made sure we got a title on the line against Carson Jones… He’s still tough, he’s going to give you all the rounds you need in terms of stepping up, he is going to be there. And he was there. The third or fourth round he was really giving me a bit of a scare to be honest with you. Then luckily enough, or as we planned, he did blow out towards the end so Ted in my opinion had a comfortable win. Great step up for Ted, really put his name out there, domestically and on the world scene, picking up the belt. He’s now carved a way for himself but there’s no way back now. He’s got to keep moving forward.”
The plan is certainly to do that. “Ted’s so ambitious, he’s already asked me about European title shots. I said to Ted I think what we should do, we should defend the belt, hopefully May/June sort of time, we’ll get you a decent name, a decent little step up. But I think what our eyes are on at the moment are what’s happening with the British,” Sims continued. “Byfield vs Metcalf in a final eliminator to fight for that belt.”
Cheeseman can therefore expect a tough domestic clash. “If we can position ourselves for a good fight towards the end of the year, that would be great, if not we’ll continue going down the WBA path,” Sims said.
He noted, “Ted’s only 22, 23. He’s a lot younger than Byfield, Metcalfe, [Liam] Williams. Williams has just boxed [Liam] Smith, who is a world class operator. Is he ready for that? Maybe not just yet but it’s about building him up to that. So that’s what we’re working at the moment.”