Ted Cheeseman says Carson Jones is the “perfect” opponent next in his career.
The undefeated 22-year-old registered five victories last year and believes victory over the experienced American on the Okolie- Chamberlain undercard, at London’s O2 Arena on February 3, live on Sky Sports, will elevate him into bigger fights in the future.
“It is perfect for me,” Cheeseman said to South London Press and Mercury.
“If I put in a good performance it is going to boost my career so much, it will put me on the world and international scene.
“When [trainer] Tony [Sims] texted me his name I told him that would be a good fight. He wanted to go and have a look at a few videos and then came back and said we’ll have it.
“All training camps are hard. This one will have a little bit more spite in my head because if I win this it is going to open the door to some massive fights.”
Jones is well known to British fans having fought in the UK five times in his 55-fight career, including a narrow points defeat to Kell Brook in 2012. He has also registered victories over Brian Rose and Ben Hall in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Oklahoma veteran still harbours hopes of competing at world-level and produced an impressive display against former world champion Antonio Margarito in September, despite suffering a technical decision loss.
Cheeseman feels such performances proves the dangers of his opponent, but is confident of victory if he prepares correctly.
“Jones is fit, strong and knows all the tricks,” he said.
“Even in his last one against Antonio Margarito he was coming on strong and Margarito wanted to pull out because of a cut – it went to the scorecards rather than him being stopped.
“He is 31 and I feel the time is right for me. As long as I turn up on the night and perform then I get the win 10 times out of 10. I need to make weight right.”
Article courtesy of Neel Khagram @behindthefight