BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn admits Ted Cheeseman is under pressure tonight to deliver on the big stage – with the door open for the next big stars in British boxing.
The Bermondsey super-welterweight challenges European champion Sergio Garcia at Greenwich’s 02 Arena.
It’s just three tube stops away from Cheeseman’s stomping ground.
The undefeated South Londoner won the British belt in his last bout and has instantly stepped up again.
Hearn said: ”I feel a real transition now in British boxing. I’ve said it before, the older guard are starting to come to the end of some of their careers. We saw David Haye step away from the sport, Tony Bellew and so many other great Saturday night headliners are close to being in those final phases of their careers.
“Now, you have the young lions at The O2. We want to give them the big platform and opportunities to shine. There’s so much pressure for the boys on this top table. I love the pressure that’s involved.
“Jake Ball vs. Craig Richards [a light-heavyweight from Crystal Palace], it feels like we’ve been waiting for this fight for two years. Everybody wants to get on and get to the next level. The loser of that fight is out of the picture.
“Garcia vs. Cheeseman is a great fight and I think it’s a 50-50 fight. On paper, Garcia has much more pedigree and experience than Ted. But he’s stepping up and I love the fact that we’ve got a local boy headlining his first card at The O2.”
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