5 talking points from Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp as Cheeseman beats Eggington

Ted Cheeseman celebrated the launch of Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp with a points win over Sam Eggington in his promoter’s back garden.

Cheeseman suffered two defeats last year – to Sergio Garcia and Scott Fitzgerald – with a draw with Kieron Conway completing a three-fight winless streak.

And while his clash with Eggington didn’t quite break into the war we had hoped for, Cheeseman will have an extra skip in his step as he leaves the quarantined bubble.

He had the Birmingham man in trouble in the third round but appeared unwilling to empty the tank at that early stage.

And he held off a second-half fightback from his more experienced opponent before being given the nod by all three judges.

Here are our talking points from the evening’s action…

1. Round 13 for Eggington and Cheeseman?

It maybe took longer to ignite than we had hoped, but the final bell in the main event came too soon with Ted Cheeseman and Sam Eggington both in trouble in the dying embers.

Cheeseman started the stronger – and ended the fight on the front foot – but only after surviving a scare in the final stanza.

Both men endured disappointing years in 2019 and it would do neither of them any harm to run this one back – hopefully in front of fans later this year.

Eggington may rue not starting the fight quicker but will take plenty of confidence from the way he finished.

Cheeseman, meanwhile, can breathe a sigh of relief having failed to win any of his previous three bouts.

Ted Cheeseman and Sam Eggington trade blows
(Image: Mark Robinson)

2. Gill back on track

Jordan Gill has endured a nightmare 12 months after suffering his first career defeat by Mario Enrique Tinoco before fearing for his fighting future when he was diagnosed with a thyroid disease.

But the featherweight will hope those are but distant memories after he outpointed Reece Bellotti in the Fight Camp opener.

At 26 the Chatteris man has time on his side and clearly has the backing of his coach Dave Coldwell.

Gill pumped his jab out to great effect as Belotti struggled to get out of first gear and never brought his trademark ferociousness.

Jordan Gill returned to form
(Image: Mark Robinson)

3. Smith a real diamond

With only four shows, 20 bouts and 40 fighters, there is a real chance for some of the country’s prospects to shine over the next three weeks.

Eddie Hearn has made it clear that some of his fighters have been unwilling to take part in his Fight Camp but Dalton Smith jumped at the chance.

And the 23-year-old from Sheffield moved to 6-0 with a disciplined and clinical performance over Nathan Bennett.

Smith, a stand-out amateur, worked his double jab to perfection and, after a feint, it was that shot which set up the right hand which caught Bennett in the sweet spot behind the ear to leave him flat on the canvas.

Having stepped up, Smith needs to remain on an upward trajectory and squeeze in at least two more fights before the end of the year.

Nathan Bennett is laid out by Dalton Smith
(Image: Mark Robinson)

4. Dispense with the masks

The health and safety of the fighters must of course be a priority, but the excessive PPE seems unnecessary.

The trainers and seconds are in full gear while the referee is also wearing a mask.

But everyone has been in a ‘bubble’ all week and have also tested negative for Covid-19, so why not dispense with the masks and at least let us think we’re living in some sort of normality?

There were too many masks on show
(Image: Mark Robinson)

5. No more crowd noise, please

Hearn made a point this week of saying he wasn’t going to be using the crowd noise which has received mixed reviews from Premier League fans.

There was plenty of anticipation about hearing the fighters’ punches in all their thudding glory, as well as the instructions from the corner.

But, and it may have been Sky’s decision rather than Matchroom’s, the crowd noise was present after all – and it didn’t go down well.

Fans took to social media to vent their disappointment – hopefully the organisers see sense before Friday’s second installment.

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