By News Team
31st July 2020
The return of Matchroom Boxing is here, with Eddie Hearn’s garden set to host four consecutive Saturday fight nights, culminating with a pay-per-view event on August 22nd as Dillian Whyte takes on Alexander Povetkin.
This week is all about the domestic showdowns and we’ve previewed two fights to look out for on Saturday night.
Sam Eggington vs Ted Cheeseman
Saturday’s main event promises fireworks. Two British super-welterweight contenders battling it out, both with a point to prove, but neither needs this win like Londoner Ted Cheeseman.
Coming off the back of 2019 with two losses and a defeat, a win against Birmingham’s Sam Eggington, with his IBF international super-welterweight title on the line, will help propel Cheeseman, once touted as major player among his weight-class, back into the world rankings.
A defeat, however, is damaging. Though Cheeseman could argue two of last year’s decisions were controversial, three defeats and a draw in four fights would be a damning record for someone still plying his trade at domestic level.
Eggington, on the other hand, is coming into this bout with four consecutive wins, albeit against less than testing opponents. But there will be an inner confidence within him that Cheeseman might need to regain. Eggington to win is priced at 3/1.
Cheeseman, technically sound and someone who likes to box off the back foot, will face a wrecking ball in Eggington. He’ll come forward, he won’t mind taking punches, and if Cheeseman can’t gain his respect early, do not be surprised if ‘The Savage’ takes him out before the last bell. You can get Eggington to win by KO, TKO or DQ at 5/1.
James Tennyson vs Gavin Gwynne
On paper, this will look like an easy win for James Tennyson. The Northern Irishman has been no stranger to a title fight at varying levels during his seven-year career, winning the European and Commonwealth titles at super-featherweight in 2018, and challenging for the world title that same year.
It was the latter of the three in which Tennyson fell short, and he has since rebuilt his way back up the ranks, moving up in weight-class and winning the WBA international lightweight title in August of last year.
The British lightweight title will be on the line in this one, a belt that managed to elude Tennyson earlier in his career, and he’ll have to go through Welshman Gavin Gwynne to claim it. Tennyson is favourite to win at 1/5, while Gwynne to take home the belt is priced at 10/3.
Gwynne has challenged and lost for the belt in the past, albeit a hard-fought fight against a tough world prospect in Joe Cordina. But make no mistake, he won’t be making this easy for Tennyson.
Facing a hard-hitting puncher with a chin of granite, Tennyson will need to be at his best to dispatch the durable Gwynne, but it’s no doubt that this will be a huge upset should it not go his way. Tennyson is 5/4 to win by KO, TKO or DQ and 11/8 to win by decision.