Eggington: "It's All Or Nothing"
Sam Eggington says his highly-anticipated showdown with Ted
Cheeseman at the top of the opening week of Matchroom Fight
Camp on Saturday August 1 is "all or nothing" for both men
as he sets his sights on a World Title Eliminator at 154lbs.
Former European Welterweight Champion Eggington (28-6, 17
KOs) has notched four straight wins since losing to Liam
Smith back in March 2019, picking up the IBF International
Super-Welterweight Title on away soil against Orlando
Fiordigiglio in September.
He puts that belt, along with his No.5 ranking with the IBF,
on the line against Cheeseman, live on Sky Sports in the UK
and DAZN in the US, knowing that a win could propel him
towards a surprise World Title shot and a loss could undo
all of his hard work over the past year.
The stakes are equally as high for Cheeseman who finds
himself in a must-win situation following two losses and one
draw in his last three fights. Everything is on the line for
'The Big Cheese' and another loss could prove to be
disastrous for his career.
"You only have to watch Ted fight to know that he doesnít
give up when it gets hard," said Eggington. "I have full
faith in myself and if anyone can make him give up, Iíll be
that guy. It'll be a good fight while it lasts. The way we
both fight, itís going to gel for a war, but I genuinely
think Iíve got enough to get the win.
"I'm confident with this fight. Eddie gave me a list of
names for potential opponents and we picked him out because
it's a good fight and one we can win. Itís not a fight that
worries me like others might have. Iíll make sure I walk out
with the win. Any way, shape or form, I'll get the win.
"Iíve never been in a position to have an argument for some
sort of Eliminator and I think I am now with the IBF belt.
That's the aim once we get past Ted next month. Itís all or
nothing for the both of us. That's the way I live in
"Itís in the garden and there won't be a crowd but that
doesn't matter to me. If Iím having a fight and itís a
packed-out arena, I want to win that fight. If Iím having a
fight in an empty room, I'm having a fight and I still want
to win. I'm going to bite down on my gum-shield and do
anything I can to win."
Eggington vs. Cheeseman tops Week 1 of Matchroom Fight Camp,
Belfastís big-hitting James Tennyson (26-3, 22 KOs) takes on
Cardiffís Gavin Gwynne (12-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant British
Lightweight Title, Chatteris talent Jordan Gill (24-1, 7
KOs) meets Watfordís Reece Bellotti (14-3, 12 KOs) in an
electric Featherweight battle, fast-rising Ipswich
Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) steps up to take on
Middlesbroughís Simon Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant
English belt and gifted Sheffield Super-Lightweight Dalton
Smith (5-0, 4 KOs) squares off with Liverpoolís Nathan
Bennett (9-1, 2 KOs).