Troy Williamson tore the British super welterweight title from Ted Cheeseman as he knocked him out in the tenth round of a remarkable fight on the Smith-Fowler card in Liverpool.
Cheeseman is no stranger to hard fights and this one was epic, as the action went one way and then the other.
There was barely a clinch as the two went at each other with power punches throughout. Cheeseman started the better, but Williamson turned the fight his way, before Cheeseman looked on the verge of victory in the seventh round. Williamson stuck at it, though, and turned the action back his way in the ninth before finishing it early in the tenth.
Despite Cheeseman’s tough reputation, he should how well he could box in the first three rounds, as he built an early lead. But things swung Williamson’s way in the fourth round, as he close the distance and started catching the champion with a series of hooks, forcing him back into the ropes.
But Cheeseman looked only too happy to go into the trenches again and, after getting through some tough moments and seemingly being rocked early in the sixth round, he came storming back and rocked Williamson repeatedly at the send of the sixth round.
Cheeseman, though, couldn’t finish it, as Williamson regrouped and seemed to hurt Cheeseman in the ninth. Early in the tenth round, Cheeseman was rocked by a right and then caught by a huge right uppercut, which was followed by a big left hook that dropped Cheeseman on his back, referee Michael Alexander waving it off instantly at 0:50 of the round.
It was a big win for Williamson, who boxed for years on the Great Britain squad without ever making it to major tournaments. At 30, his time is now, as he extended his unbeaten record to 18 fights (one draw).
Cheeseman is only 26 and while his exciting style will always make him in demand, the wars are starting to mount up.