The eldest of the three Upton brothers has taken a fight with the Matchroom starlet, and will challenge for Cheeseman’s WBA International title.
The Belfast light middle has promised that he will be the biggest test of Cheeseman’s career but the English boxer feels more than ready following his most recent win.
Back in February the Londoner dominated U.S. gatekeeper Carson Jones at the O2 Arena and the 22-year-old has taken great confidence from this performance ahead of his fight with Upton [15(3)-0].
“There’s a lot of big fights out there and it’s all about risk and reward,” said Cheeseman.
“I’ve got a great team around me and I know that they’ll make the right decisions, I’m 22, I’ve got to walk before I can run but obviously I am going to grab every opportunity put in front of me. Paul is an unbeaten fighter and this is a massive chance for him on Sky Sports, but I am on a high right now and I want to carry that on,” he added before discussing his victory over veteran Jones.
“The Jones fight was a career-changer for me. I had to be switched on and I knew that beating him would bring bigger fighters and more opportunities. I took risks against him because boxing is an entertainment business and that’s what I want to do, I want to get the fans behind me and become a household name.”
“Everyone who fights Carson has a tough time with him the first time they fight so I knew what I had to do. I could have made it easier but Carson was the perfect opponent to show that I am tough, I can take a shot and I can rough it with the best. I showed everything against him and felt really good and I think it was a class performance.
“I outmanned the man. He’s a bully in the ring but I toughed it out in the first few rounds to outman him and wear him down. Once I got through those early rounds and bullied him, I got to my boxing and boxed his head off. He had some little spells and he’s a tough fighter, he’s been in with good fighters but I showed that I can mix it at a higher level, I showed I can fight, box and I showed toughness.”