West Ham star Declan Rice paid tribute to Ted Cheeseman after the boxer was visibly emotional in his post-fight interview at ‘Fight Camp’.
Cheeseman vs Sam Eggington headlined Matchroom’s return on Saturday night time and the British duo delivered an prompt traditional in Brentford.
The judges may barely cut up the fighters after an exciting warfare and Cheeseman was on the verge of tears after he edged a good factors victory, 116-113, 116-113 and 115-114.
It was Cheeseman’s first win in 21 months and the light-middleweight admitted he would have retired had the misplaced to Eggington.
‘You can’t think about. I see fighters lose who don’t care,’ Cheeseman mentioned.
‘I cared, I cried my eyes out, I stormed out of the ring. I’m a winner, I gave my coronary heart to this sport and I felt that I deserved some luck final 12 months however I by no means obtained it.
‘I lot of people doubted me, thought I would tire. When it got tough, I had a fight with Sam. It was morale – I haven’t gained for practically two years – and also you want confidence.
‘I used to be assured going into that ring. There was no stress with no crowd.
‘I made mistakes but I boxed really well. I could have thought: ‘It isn’t going my means’.
‘But I gave it my all. If I misplaced tonight I’d have retired.
‘I could cry my eyes out with happiness.’
Rice was watching the drama unfold from his house and the midfielder, who has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea this summer time, despatched a message to Cheeseman after his post-fight feedback.
He mentioned: ‘Unbelievable interview by Ted Cheeseman, shows how much it means to him.’
Cheeseman gained the IBF worldwide belt with victory over Eggington and the conflict has already been tipped as a severe contender for combat of the 12 months.
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