Jr. Middleweight contender Ted Cheeseman scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over fellow contender Sam Eggington on Saturday night at the Matchroom Boxing headquarters compound in Brentwood, England. From the opening bell, Cheeseman and Eggington engaged each other in near non-stop combat. While it was difficult to distinguish who had the upper hand due to the fight being fought at such a high pace, Cheeseman was the one who consistently forced the action and initiated offense while Eggington was returning offense rather than throwing his punches first. The highlight of Cheeseman’s offense throughout was his overhead right, which he was able to land with increased regularity as the fight progressed. This along with periodically staggering Eggington proved to be the difference as Cheeseman would get the nod from the three official judges at the end of the grueling twelve round bout. Official scores were: 116-113 (On two scorecards), and 115-114 all in favor of Cheeseman. Ted Cheeseman advances to 16-2-1, with 9 Knockouts. Sam Eggington falls to 28-7, with 17 Knockouts.
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In a battle for the vacant British Lightweight championship, James Tennyson scored a sixth round stoppage of a very “Game” Gavin Gwynne. Gwynne was the more active of the two fighters throughout, but Tennyson’s harder punches eventually took their toll on him. A right hook to the head forced Gwynne to take a knee in round six. Tennyson followed up with a barrage of punches after Gwynne got up from the knockdown and was able to force a stoppage at 2:30 of the round. James Tennyson advances to 27-3, with 23 Knockouts. Gavin Gwynne falls to 12-2, with 2 Knockouts.
Featherweight contender Jordan Gill scored a ten unanimous round decision over Reece Belotti. The story of the fight was largely based on how Gill was able to control distance by keeping Belotti on the end of his jab and catching him with short combinations. Belotti was able to get on the inside and land to the body of Gill occasionally, but he was unable to really find his rhythm. Belotti also fought the last four rounds with a cut over his left eye that was opened by a left hook from Gill in round six. Official scores were 96-95, and 97-93 (On two scorecards) all in favor of Jordan Gill. Jordan Gill advances to 25-1, with 7 Knockouts. Reece Belotti falls to 14-4, with 12 Knockouts.
In a battle for the vacant English Heavyweight championship, unbeaten prospect of Fabio Wardley scored a third round stoppage of Simon Vallily. After two uneventful rounds, Wardley exploded in round three badly staggering Vallily and sending him across the ring and against the ropes. A brutal barrage of unanswered punches that followed forced Referee Howard Foster to step in and stop the fight at 1:01 of round three. Fabio Wardley advances to 9-0, with 8 Knockouts. Simon Vallily falls to 17-3-1, with 7 Knockouts.
Undefeated Lightweight Dalton Smith scored a devastating fifth round knockout over fellow prospect Nathan Bennett. Smith found success early landing his overhead right behind his jab. It was this combination that Smith frequently landed and in the fifth round an overhand right behind a jab landed on the temple of Bennett and sent him down and out on the canvas. Official time was 2:56 of round five. Dalton Smith advances to 6-0, with 5 Knockouts. Nathan Bennett falls to 9-2, with 2 Knockouts.
This card, which was the first for promoter Eddie Hearn under the circumstances of COVID-19 was well-matched and competitive. While it is groundbreaking to see a promoter stage a card on his family’s estate, which also serves as a headquarters for Matchroom Boxing and Matchroom Sport, in the current circumstances, these cards, which Hearn has dubbed “Fight Camp”, is an out of the box idea. Although most would probably say such an idea would not have come to fruition under normal circumstances where promoters can stage cards in arenas, stadiums, and other public venues, this idea, which has some similarities to what promoter Bob Arum has done with his recent events in Las Vegas, is a concept that can be built on and hopefully, one that in time will have the addition of spectators.
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