Troy Williamson defeats Ted Cheeseman in spectacular fashion
In his last fight, Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman (17-2-1, 10KOs) claimed the vacant BBBofC British junior middleweight title with an eleventh round stoppage victory over James Metcalf. Now, he will look to not only defend his title, but also keep his two-fight win streak going. To do so, he’s going to have to get by the hard-hitting, unbeaten Troy “Trojan” Williamson (16-0-1, 12KOs).
Cheeseman ranks number 5 in the IBF, and he showcased versatility against Metcalf. In doing so, he mixed up his attack with in-close fighting and boxing from the outside.
Williamson ranks number 11 in the IBF standings. Against Kieran Smith, he showed pure aggression and determination. Moreover, he’s hungry to continue his ascension in the rankings towards a world title opportunity against a guy he called out after his last fight.
Going by the styles of both men, this fight is setting up to be an interesting battle. Cheeseman showed boxing ability and punching power against Metcalf. Williamson is all about aggression and power. It’ll be interesting to see which style prevails on October 9 in this very pivotal fight.
THEY CAME OUT FIRING
These guys wasted no time at all and got up close and personal in an early back-and-forth battle. Cheeseman started going to the body early, looking to slow down the more athletic challenger. Williamson was controlling the distance with the jab and uppercuts in a phonebooth fight.
As the fight would continue, Williamson was fighting as if he was the stronger of the two men and started throwing the power shots. Landing the uppercut and hooks, he drew blood from under the left eye of the British champion. Looking to respond, Cheeseman landed hard, left hooks and an uppercut. However he stayed on the centerline, allowing Williamson to constantly counter with left and right hooks.
In round seven, Williamson was clicking on all cylinders, hitting Cheeseman with a beautiful left hook that momentarily stunned the British champion. Looking to end the fight, Williamson came forward with his chin open and was caught with a left hook that had him holding. He barely survived the onslaught.
THEIR CHINS ARE BEING TESTED
It turned into a test of wills as both men were throwing punches with mean intentions. Cheeseman kept coming forward, throwing punches to the body and catching his opponent with head-jarring left hooks. Williamson was giving just as much as he was taking, pinning the Big Cheese up against the ropes unloading double right hooks.
In the tenth round, Cheeseman was coming on strong, firing back off the ropes with hard left hooks. However, Williamson went back to the power shots and landed a devastating counter left hook, sending his opponent to the canvas, motionless. The referee never bothered to administer a count and called for the stoppage.
Williamson remains undefeated by winning the BBBofC British junior middleweight in a Fight of the Year candidate-worthy battle. 3kingsboxing had Williamson ahead 86-85 before the stoppage.
By: Garrisson Bland