British super-welterweight Ted Cheeseman insists he will punish Asinia Byfield during their fight on Saturday before he targets a clash with Anthony Fowler.
The London fighter is starting to make a name for himself in Britain and is confident of eventually claiming world honours. The 23-year-old has won all 14 of his fights so far, with nine of them being inside the distance.
He produced a sensational display to beat Carson Jones back in February before then stopping Paul Upton in June. The vacant British title will be on the line this weekend but Cheeseman is adamant he will cruise to victory and admits he wants a clash with Fowler in 2019.
“He is awkward but I expect to grind him down as the fight goes on. I won’t let him spoil the fight if I keep my work-rate high,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’ll take my time and the knockout will come. Winning the British title means a lot as it shows how well my career is progressing at a young age. The title would be a reward and will show how much I’m improving and pushing up levels.
“Once I win on Saturday I would be happy to fight Anthony Fowler. I want to push onto European and world level, but it would be good to beat him before I do that.
“Fowler has had 200 amateur fights, so if he’s not ready now he will never be ready and it will just be proof that he doesn’t want the fight.” Fellow Brit Hughie Fury is also in action this weekend and takes on Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria.
The Manchester heavyweight is 2.20 to win, with Pulev 1.75 favourite.