Boxing: Upton up for Cheeseman challenge
PUBLISHED: 12:45 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 24 May 2018
Paul Upton has yet to taste defeat in his 15-fight, five-year pro career, but faces his toughtest test yet against unbeaten Ted Cheeseman at York Hall on June 6.
The all-winning rivals meet for Cheeseman’s WBA international super-welterweight title on Matchroom’s show, topped by the Commonwealth cruiserweight title clash between unbeaten duo Luke Watkins and Lawrence Okolie.
And it is a vital night for Olympian Okolie and Upton, one of a clan of London-Irish boxing brothers living in Crow Lane, Romford and all former Hornchurch BC amateurs.
It’s a career-changing opportunity for Upton who uses the Fitness First gym in Romford and two years ago claimed the Irish super-welterweight title with a win over Terry Maughan.
He knows the importance of ending the 13-fight undefeated run of the hard-hitting Cheeseman, who is rated as one of the bright young hopes in Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable.
The 29-year-old Upton said: “Beating him will earn me a top ranking in Britain and a decent ranking with the WBA. I want a massive year after this fight and some shots at more titles. Winning will ensure I get those.
“I know this is my biggest test, but I am Cheeseman’s biggest test.”
The JDNXTGEN show also parades rising prospects from the Matchroom stable, including Kazakhstan Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov plus Reece Bellotti, Felix Cash and Danny Dignum.
Unbeaten Collier Row cruiserweight Mark Little goes for his eighth straight victory on the 14-bout Goodwin Promotions show at York Hall on Saturday (May 26).
Little, coached by Paul Cook, is matched with Bulgarian Kristian Kirilov on a bill which also features another local cruiserweight in Daniel Mendes, plus Ossie Jervier, Liam Dillon and Sean Robinson.