both fighters exchanged heavy shots.
Dylan Cheema took his professional boxing record to 6-0 as he won by decision against fellow Brit Stu Greener.
The Coventry prospect made his way to the ring as part of BOXXER Fight Night, hosted at the city’s SkyDome.
Cheema was the second BOXXER Series champion of the night, having won the lightweight tournament in April 2022.
As he walked down the ramp, Cheema was met with huge cheers from the crowd, who came to see their local fighter compete.
Many expected Cheema to win the four-round fight emphatically but his opponent made it a competitive contest.
The opening round saw a solid start from Cheema, but Greener started to live up to his nickname of ‘Little Canelo, ending the round with a few big punches.
Round two was similar with Cheema getting on the front foot.
But as he appeared to be taking control, Greener came back.
The second half of the round was a thrilling one as both fighters exchanged heavy shots.
The fight remained high-octane with Greener firing back just as Cheema appeared to be taking control.
Round three ended with Cheema on the back foot.
The bout was a thrilling one, with many wishing it was scheduled for more than four rounds.
Greener started the final round strongly, landing a beautifully timed uppercut.
But Cheema managed to weather the storm and relied on his hand speed to get back on the front foot.
The final minute was very much in keeping with the rest of the fight, as the pair exchanged more heavy shots.
As the final horn sounded, there was the belief that Cheema had done enough to get the decision.
Dylan Cheema ended up winning the contest by three rounds to one, but his opponent made it tougher than many expected.
After the fight, the 26-year-old admitted he had to work hard to get the win.
Giving props to his opponent, Cheema said:
“We knew Stu was tough. Well we can’t call him a journeyman because he won last week so it proves the type of opponents we want to get in [the ring] with and get in the experience with.
“That showed, it was tough in there tonight, I can’t complain. It definitely got the rounds in that I needed.”
Cheema then thanked those who had supported him.
He went on to say that he needs to improve his defence as he makes his way up the rankings.
“It was a quick turnaround from the tournament to boxing again tonight so there’s a bit of work we need to do but that’s what we got the contract for.
“We’re building on the platform, getting used to the big nights, getting used to the cameras and the attention as well as getting the experience which a lot of other fighters don’t get so I fortunately get to learn on a big stage.”