James Metcalf takes on Ted Cheeseman this weekend as they face off for the British Super Welterweight title.

Metcalf is fighting for the heralded British title for the first time and faces stiff competition from the experienced Cheeseman.

Liverpool based fighter Metcalf last fought at the end of February, having not fought previously during the pandemic.

The fight takes place in uncharted territory, as they fight on the ‘Rumble on the Rock’ undercard in Gibraltar, headlined by the heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.

Career So Far

Metcalf has been a professional since 2011 and has built a record of 21 wins, 13 KO’s and no losses.

Yet, at 32, there’s a sense that he has taken too long to step up to fight the bigger names. Despite winning both the WBC International Super Welterweight and Commonwealth (British Empire) titles.

Although this fight could serve as the springboard to elevate him to bigger and better things should he win.

No one can discount the opponent here though, as Cheeseman brings both a wealth of experience and that added quality and publicity needed for Metcalf to really establish himself at this level.

Experience of Cheeseman

Opposing Metcalf is the younger but vastly more experienced fighter in Cheeseman.

At only 25, he’s been through hell and back in his career so far – dealing with gambling issues and depression but he’s well established at this level.

His win at Fight Camp in August last summer was an example how far he’s come from his dark days, beating Sam Eggington in a brilliant, gruelling fight to win by unanimous decision.

He’s taken losses when he’s stepped up in class, facing Sergio Garcia for the European Title where he fell short losing on points as well as against Scott Fitzgerald where he lost a close points decision.

At 25, he’s had more experience in a shorter time and he will no doubt be Metcalf’s toughest opponent yet.

“I’m prepared for whatever Ted Cheeseman has got”

Speaking to MTK Global, he claimed he is well aware of the threat Cheeseman poses but he backs himself to deal with whatever he brings on the night.

“It would mean a lot to me to win the British title. I’ve put a lot of hard work in and now it’s time to make all of that worthwhile.

“I’ve done a lot of sparring for this fight and that will put me in good stead. I’ve prepared for whatever Ted Cheeseman has got. I know he can box or he can fight, but I can do anything to combat that.

“I’m fit and I’ve got the rounds in against some good fighters. I can’t see myself having any ring rust on fight night, and when I get the win in this fight we’ll then look ahead to the future.”

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