THE BIG CHEESE

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I EN­JOYED read­ing the Box­ing News read­ers’ views on who they think are the best prospects in world box­ing at the mo­ment. The likes of Shakur Steven­son, An­thony Yarde, Daniel Dubois and Michael Con­lan were men­tioned, but I re­ally like the look of Ted Cheese­man.

Fol­low­ing a top ama­teur ca­reer, the Lon­doner has looked very im­pres­sive as a pro so far. In only nine fights, he’s man­aged to win the English su­per­wel­ter­weight ti­tle. Of course, it’s also im­por­tant to be ex­cit­ing in the ring, and Ted has man­aged that too. Of his nine vic­to­ries, all but two of them have come in­side the dis­tance. At just 21 years of age, the fu­ture looks very bright for Cheese­man. Harry Laws

NO KNOCKDOWN

I WOULD like the world to know that Conor Mcgre­gor did in fact push Paulie Malig­naggi dur­ing their in­fa­mous spar­ring ses­sion – it wasn’t a knockdown. When you run the video clip, it shows where the push to the head hap­pened. Paulie was off bal­ance, and the fol­low-up swing never con­nected but, as Paulie was fall­ing back from the ini­tial push, it cre­ated the im­pres­sion of a knockdown. Michael Mckenzie

RE­FLECT­ING ON THE KLITSCHKOS

THE Kl­itschko broth­ers are a class act, and I doubt we’ll see their kind again. Vi­tali is the mayor of Kiev, and a po­ten­tial leader of Ukraine. He was a pretty good world heavy­weight cham­pion too, and is re­garded by many now as a gi­ant of box­ing. Wladimir looks to be the lesser brother in the ring be­cause of two con­sec­u­tive losses at the end of his great ca­reer, even though Fa­ther Time was a fac­tor. How­ever, there can be no ex­cuses at this level. A man has to be judged on his fi­nal record. Rod Tay­lor

‘THE COBRA’S’ VENOM

FOL­LOW­ING the re­cent Box­ing News fea­ture (Au­gust 3 is­sue) on Carl Froch, I was dis­ap­pointed to read him hurl­ing ob­scen­i­ties at An­dre Ward and putting him down. Ward may not be the most ex­cit­ing to watch, but he’s a highly skilled boxer and, more im­por­tantly, a great role model out­side the ring as well. Si­mon Collins

A UNIQUE TAL­ENT

EV­ERY­ONE who saw Kirk­land Laing box will have their own vivid mem­o­ries of a unique tal­ent, so it was in­ter­est­ing to read of Ian Probert’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Au­gust 3 is­sue. Kirk­land is what he is, and per­haps he should be left to his re­main­ing time in dig­nity with the thoughts of his fam­ily. Roy Mor­ris

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/HENRY BROWNE

ONE TO WATCH: Cheese­man is ris­ing fast

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