Denzel Bentley vs Felix Cash – Big Fight Preview & Predictions


Promoter Frank Warren won the purse bid earlier this week for Denzel Bentley to face Felix Cash Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Promoter Frank Warren received the purse bid for Denzel Bentley to face Felix Money Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Frank Warren promotes for BT Sport within the UK this Saturday evening, with a cracking cross-promotional important occasion going down at York Corridor, Bethnal Inexperienced.

A home unification is the prize, as Warren promoted British Middleweight champion, Denzel Bentley (14-0-1, KO12) clashes with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom dealt with Commonwealth champion, Felix Money (13-0, KO9), in an excellent wanting headliner.

It’s refreshing to see the pair come collectively so early on of their careers, and it ought to be a superb one.

Bentley has been an sudden beneficiary of the pandemic, together with his finest performances coming throughout behind closed doorways exhibits. 

After retiring Mick Corridor in July 2020, two months later, Bentley was concerned in a thriller for the vacant Lonsdale Belt, the place he dropped Mark Heffron within the second spherical, earlier than having to accept a attract a contest he regarded like he shaded. 

A rematch was a pure, and ‘2 Sharp’ made no mistake second time round, damaging Heffron’s eye considerably sufficient to drive the Manchester man to retire after 4 rounds. 

Bentley defeated Mark Heffron in their rematch in November to win the vacant British strap Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Bentley defeated Mark Heffron of their rematch in November to win the vacant British strap Picture Credit score: Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

The 26-year-old Londoner seems to construct on that success by including the Commonweath crown, however he faces a person simply as hungry so as to add the British strap. 

28-year-old Wokingham native Money has come up on massive Matchroom playing cards since turning over in 2016 after a profitable novice profession, and captured the vacant rainbow belt in February 2019, stopping the hapless Rasheed Abolaji inside a spherical on the O2 Enviornment in London. 

The primary defence for Money was an up and down eighth spherical stoppage of Jack Cullen, and final outing, he stopped the pale Jason Welborn in 5 on the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood.

Cash stopped Jason Welborn in five rounds to defend his Commonwealth crown in August Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Money stopped Jason Welborn in 5 rounds to defend his Commonwealth crown in August Picture Credit score: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Prediction: It is a powerful one to name, with each males in type and harmful. 

Bentley although, seems like he has improved on the best fee of the pair, and I tentatively lean in the direction of the Battersea man to triumph, nevertheless it may very well be by the tightest of break up choices.

Other than the primary occasion, there are two former world title challengers, presumably on a collision course, in motion.

Callum Johnson (18-1, KO13) seems to place over two years of frustration behind him, as he makes his debut below the Queensberry Promotions banner in a scheduled ten rounder at Mild Heavyweight in opposition to skilled Japanese European, Emil Markic (32-2, KO24) with the vacant WBO International title up for grabs.

Boston’s Johnson has had a cease/begin profession after placing Gold on the 2010 Commonwealth Video games, and can look to get again to elite degree as quickly as attainable. 

Former British and Commonwealth champion, Callum Johnson. Photo credit: talksport.com
Former British and Commonwealth champion, Callum Johnson. Picture credit score: talksport.com

‘The One’ Johnson lastly broke by in March 2019, when he destroyed Frank Buglioni inside a spherical so as to add the British title to his Commonwealth belt, and the win instantly catapulted him to world degree. 

The 35-year-old didn’t shame himself in Chicago, getting off the deck within the opener earlier than dropping Artur Beterbiev within the second. Ultimately, the Russian retained his IBF world title in 4 rounds. 

The Russian saw off Britain's Callum Johnson in 2018
The Russian noticed off Britain’s Callum Johnson in 2018

Johnson has been seen simply as soon as since, a powerful third spherical stoppage of Sean Monaghan in March 2019. 

Bosnia-based Croatian, Markic shouldn’t pose Johnson too many worries, though he has received his final seven bouts. His final defeat got here in Might 2017, stopped in 4 in Australia by Umar Salimov. 

Markic was out as just lately as January, knocking out the 2-1 Zdravko Zivkovic in two rounds.

Prediction: Johnson might be seeking to take out frustration in opposition to Markic, and the customer seems an ideal opponent during which to do it. 

I feel after a spread discovering couple of rounds, Johnson will discover his groove, and may halt Markic effectively earlier than midway.

The British Mild Heavyweight scene is a congested one, and one other man on the prime finish of contenders is Anthony Yarde (20-2, KO19), and the Londoner might effectively be on a path to fulfill Johnson down the road. 

Yarde celebrates after halting Dec Spelman Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Yarde celebrates after halting Dec Spelman Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

After rising to the highest of the WBO rankings in opposition to inferior opposition, Yarde did effectively in an eleventh spherical stoppage defeat in opposition to Sergey Kovalev in August 2019 for the title. 

Two comeback wins paved the best way for a home showdown with Lyndon Arthur final outing, however ‘The Beast’ was out hustled by ‘King’ Arthur, and dropped a break up resolution in December 2020. 

Lyndon Arthur defied the odds to edge past Anthony Yarde by split decision in London on Saturday Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Lyndon Arthur defied the chances to edge previous Anthony Yarde by break up resolution. Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

Yarde takes on unbeaten German, Emin Atra (17-0, KO12), over a scheduled ten rounds. The 31-year-old from Bielefeld has a considerably padded report, and Yarde represents the primary fighter he has confronted with a profitable report. 

Simply two fights in the past, Atra scraped previous the 15-13 Levan Shonia through majority resolution over eight, and his most up-to-date contest noticed him take a six spherical win in opposition to the 6-16-1 Patrick Linkert. I think he might be no match on this one for Yarde, who ought to register a knockout win inside 4.

Thrilling prospects make up the remainder of the cardboard that includes Henry Wharton-trained, Tremendous Welterweight, George Davey (3-0, KO0) who can take a six spherical factors win in opposition to the powerful Jamie Stewart (2-1-1, KO0), who held Florian Marku to a December 2020 draw. 

Davey alongside trainer Henry Wharton, a former three-time world title challenger
Davey alongside coach Henry Wharton, a former three-time world title challenger

At Tremendous Light-weight, Henry Turner (4-0, KO0), ought to be capable to management proceedings in opposition to Clayton Bricknell (3-3-1, KO0), additionally over six.

Proficient Slovak-born Karol Itauma (1-0, KO0) can turn out to be solely the second man to cease Ryan Hibbert (1-8, KO0) of their Mild Heavyweight 4 rounder, and Liverpool Middleweight, James Heneghan (4-0, KO0) will possible want all 4 rounds to defeat Dwain Grant (3-8-1, KO0)

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