Cheeseman vs Jones: Ted Cheeseman focuses on beating Carson Jones first time around
Last Updated: 12/01/18 11:40am
Ted Cheeseman believes taking care of Carson Jones first time around will "open so many doors" for him.
The 22-year-old prospect faces the experienced American at super-welterweight on the 'British Beef' undercard at The O2, London, on February 2, live on Sky Sports.
Jones is best known for causing Kell Brook all sorts of problems in their first meeting in 2011, stunning Brian Rose with a first-round knockout in their first fight and recently beating Ben Hall.
The 31-year-old was beaten by Brook (twice) and Rose in their rematch but Cheeseman does not want to go down the same route.
"Sometimes people underestimate people but I know Carson Jones is a tough fighter and he is good for the long rounds, so I am going to make sure I am in really good condition," he told Sky Sports' Toe2Toe.
"I am still in really good condition from my last camp, so will make sure I am in super condition in this one, 100 per cent for all the rounds.
"I can't wait to show people how much I've improved against someone who really comes to win - and show how good I am.
"I can't wait for this big fight because it's going to open so many doors, raise my profile, my stock so much. [I want to] put on a great performance and see what the rest of the year has got ahead for me."
Cheeseman has been linked with facing JJ Metcalf for the vacant English title but with Asinia Byfield stepping in, the Londoner sees the Jones fight as the perfect opportunity to step into the world mix.
"It's all about opportunities," he said.
"Maybe later in the year I could go and win the British title but by beating Carson Jones, hopefully there will be an International or Inter-Continental belt on the line and it will put me on the world rankings.
"You don't know what opportunities lie ahead and I am 22 years old, so when those opportunities are thrown at you, it is hard to say no. It depends what happens."
Watch Ted Cheeseman vs Carson Jones, from The O2, London, February 2, live on Sky Sports.