Ted Cheeseman believes overcoming his gambling hell will only be a small chapter in a successful story of his career.
The London light-middleweight takes on Sam Eggington tonight at Matchroom’s Fight Camp in the back garden of the former Hearn family home.
And Cheeseman is out to put his 2019 year of hell behind him with a win over the Stourbridge fighter.
‘The Big Cheese’ thought about quitting boxing when he suffered two defeats and a draw in a horror 12 months.
Cheeseman started the year losing to Sergio Garcia for the European title before a draw with Kieron Conway and another loss to Scott Fitzgerald.
And all the while he was attending Gamblers’ Anonymous meetings after blowing his earnings in the bookies and online.
But now he has kicked the habit he is ready to kick on with his career.
“I think that is going to make me the fighter I want and give me the story to push on with,” he said.
“I’m confident I will win this fight and everyone will see I’ve overcome it all and how mentally strong I was to push through it and turn everything around.
“The last year I had a lot of mad thoughts. I thought about retiring.
“The troubles are my regrets but it ain’t about where the story started or in the middle, it is about where it ends.
“It is my chance to overcome those regrets and push on with my career and make sure I finish where I want to finish.”
Cheeseman considered focusing on his building company business instead of fighting.
But having kicked gambling and spent more time with his one-year-old son, Ted, during lockdown, he is now fully focussed on the sport.
And he won’t be chasing big pay days in the ring like he used to chase winners in the bookies.
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“It has been the best period for me,” he said.
“I live a very active lifestyle. I’m usually darting about after training, chasing a pound note but now the goalposts have changed and I’m fully focussed on boxing.
“This is the best I’ve mentally and physically as a pro.
“The focus now is not what I can earn out of boxing but it is about fulfilling the potential I feel I can reach. I don’t want to have regrets in 20 years that all I did was rush for a pound note.”
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