The Londoner hit Metcalf with a big left hand in the closing seconds of round 11 and the Liverpudlian was counted in an exciting finish to their national battle.
Metcalf was almost stopped in the fourth round, but stalled Cheeseman’s charge with a stubborn response before an explosive end.
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Trading up close, Metcalf and Cheeseman quickly traded good hands in a lively first round.
Cheeseman’s right fist was on point again in the second and the Bermondsey man wasn’t hampered by a bloody nose as he landed left hooks on Metcalf in the third.
A huge right hand sparked a sustained assault from Cheeseman in the fourth, with Metcalf seemingly on the verge of being stopped.
But Metcalf, son of seasoned veteran Shea Neary, defiantly retaliated in the fifth, as he unloaded offensive right hooks in the sixth.
Cheeseman was stunned by this determined response and his legs stiffened after Metcalf hammered in a right hand during the seventh.
A left hand bounced off Cheeseman’s chin in the eighth, but he intimidated Metcalf on the ropes in the ninth, delivering bumpy uppercuts.
Both men wearily punched in the 10th, the relentless pace taking their toll, but Cheeseman unleashed a massive punch to seal the victory in the next.
With seconds to go, Cheeseman’s short, pointed left hand threw Metcalf on his back, and he couldn’t beat the count.
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