Eggington v Cheeseman Recap
In the main event of DAZN’s return telecast, super welterweight fighter Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman (16-2-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Sam “The Savage” Eggington (28-7, 17 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision.
The win was much needed as Cheeseman was coming into the bout fresh off a loss to Scott “Fitzy” Fitzgerald (14-0, 9 KO’s). Preceding that loss was a draw with Kieron “Too Class” Conway (14-1-1, 3 KO’s). Eggington actually entered the bout riding a four-fight win streak since suffering his sixth professional loss; a stoppage at the hands of Liam “Beefy” Smith (29-2-1, 16 KO’s), on March 30, 2019.
The bout began with more or less the standard feel out round, but each fought at a good pace. Cheeseman chose to circle and pepper Eggington with a steady jab and for the most part this carried the round. However, whenever Eggington landed flush, he seemed to move The Big Cheese. Two left hooks in particular appeared to stun Cheeseman.
As the fight got more physical in the second round, the action began to favor Eggington. That was until Cheeseman nailed him with a right hook he didn’t see. While the Savage did miraculously stay on his feet, he buckled and was obviously hurt. Eggington staged a great bounce back round in the third. The two men met center ring and fought an evenly contested high-paced, close-quarter brawl.
Over the next few rounds, the momentum seemed to favor the slightly more spry Cheeseman. Toward the end of the sixth, The Big Cheese was able to pen Eggington to the rope and do some notable damage. Yet, while fighting back, the Savage clipped his opponent with a number of hooks and uppercuts that buzzed Cheeseman.
The tit-for-tat nature of the fight persisted until the beginning of the ninth round when Ted Cheeseman began to visibly pull away. The Londoner began picking his shots at range, allowing him to punch hurtful holes in a withering Eggington. Sensing the shift, the Savage bit down and leveled the contest back out with a number of solid power shots.
The ebb and flow continued right to the twelfth round when during the last minute, at different points, both men were rocked. Yet, when the scorecards were read, Ted Cheeseman walked away with the hard fought victory, having edged many of the fight’s smaller skirmishes.
By: Bakari Simpson