Ryan all set for ti­tle de­fence at 02 Arena

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

MID­DLE­TON boxer Matthew Ryan is set for the big­gest fight of his ca­reer so far when he de­fends his English light-mid­dleweight ti­tle live on Sky Sports this week­end.

Ryan puts his belt on the line against un­beaten Ted Cheese­man at the O2 Arena in Lon­don on Satur­day.

Ryan won the ti­tle back in March when he de­feated Sonny Up­ton by ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion at the Bowlers Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

He went on to beat Wil­liam War­bur­ton dur­ing a keep busy bout in May, mean­ing Ryan now has a record of 14 wins and just one de­feat.

Cheese­man has won all eight of his fights since making his de­but in 2015, and most re­cently de­feated fel­low un­beaten fighter Jack Sel­lars on points ear­lier this year.

Six of Cheese­man’s eight wins have come by stop­page, with the 21-year-old re­garded as a big prospect within box­ing.

He will have a very tough bat­tle on his hands though when he faces Ryan, who has con­tin­ued to im­press and im­prove over the past cou­ple of years.

Ryan will be re­turn­ing to the venue where he suf­fered the only loss of his ca­reer, nar­rowly los­ing on points to Ge­orge Michael Car­man at the O2 Arena in 2013.

The bout be­tween Ryan and Cheese­man is part of a packed bill that also fea­tures Frank Buglioni de­fend­ing his Bri­tish light heavy­weight ti­tle against Ricky Sum­mers.

The likes of Conor Benn, Joshua Bu­atsi, Mike Perez, Reece Bel­lotti, Isaac Cham­ber­lain, Lawrence Okolie, Jake Ball and Craig Richards are in ac­tion too.

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