TED CHEESEMAN and Sam Eggington burned down the barn in Eddie Hearn’s backyard in a sensational star on his first post-lockdown show.
The England super-welterweight pair went toe-toe in a magnificent clash for little more than squeezed purses and bragging rights.
And fans glued to their TVs were treated to a sensational war as Cheeseman, 24, quickly took the lead before Birmingham banger Eggington returned to the contest.
The judges scored it 116-113, 116-113 and 115-114 all in favor of Cheeseman who hadn’t won since October 2018.
The English super welterweight pair traded hooks early on, but it was Cheeseman’s right upercut that was the cautious opener’s best punch.
Cheeseman’s movement and jab were superior at first, but suddenly a left hook and right hand from Eggington turned the tide and the 26-year-old called with a brace.
But the Big Cheese hit back with an excellent left hook off the ropes.
Then a fleshy right hand from the South Londoner landed, Eggington’s butt brushed against the bridge but he escaped a count and walked.
In the third, Cheeseman peppered Egg’s ribs with body shots, but, when Cheeseman rushed in, a right hook tagged him.
In the fifth, Cheese’s right hand was flush but Warhorse Eggington remained stoic.
Eggington scored with a clean left hook to win the sixth but Cheeseman had proven on several occasions that he has a granite chin and Saturday night was no different after brushing an uppercut.
But Cheeseman’s nose was broken in the seventh as Eggington enjoyed the middle stanzas.
Eggington looked like he was taking control of the fight, but a big right hand seemed to rock him in the eighth to swing the pendulum again.
Cheeseman ran into the ninth with two rasping straight straights and a looping uppercut and Eggington’s left eye started to close as the wind howled through the canopy.
But Eggington then struck again in the round with a brilliant kickback on the ropes.
The two British warriors landed heavy shots at the end of the 10th, giving the judges the gruesome task of pulling them apart at a crucial point in the fight.
The penultimate was still three brutal minutes with both men scoring and sending hard shots.
The beaten pair shared a hug before the start of Round 12, Cheeseman entered Eggington’s body but the Brummie fought back at his opponent’s scarred face.
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They clashed in the dying seconds, spilling blood all over Hearn’s lawn and Cheeseman managed to survive after a huge mentation.
Then Cheeseman somehow managed to get out of survival mode and take the driver’s seat, as it was Eggington’s turn to defy gravity and stay upright.
Cheeseman was almost in tears of relief after the battle and both men expressed interest in relaunching the classic to a full house.