Two undefeated British middleweights collide on Saturday night, as Denzel Bentley and Felix Cash put their unblemished records on the line for the British and Commonwealth titles. Cash, the current Commonwealth champion and Bentley, the current British champion at 160-pounds are set to clash in what is a compelling domestic fight for boxing fans in the UK.
This fight is one which can most definitely be described as a 50/50, with both men having perfect careers to date, dealing with the opponents put in front of them and progressing fight by fight. Both men have impressive knockout ratios on top of this, so do not take your eyes of the screen at the weekend as these two men throw down in what is simply a cracking matchup.
In one corner you have the current British middleweight champion, Denzel Bentley.
Since making his debut back in 2017, Bentley has slowly but surely risen through the ranks to where he is today, sitting as the holder of the Lonsdale belt in the 160-pound division. Starting out on small hall shows before making a name for himself as one of Frank Warren’s hottest prospects, Bentley more than deserves a big domestic fight like this one we have in store this coming weekend.
The 26-year-old talented orthodox from London boasts a professional record of 14-0-1, with 12 of his wins coming via stoppage. The only blemish so to speak on Bentley’s record is the draw with Mark Heffron, which he then avenged a few months later. Of the two titles on the line, it is the British title of Bentley’s which holds more prestige and value. Therefore ‘2 Sharp’ will want to make a successful first defence, against his toughest test to date in Felix Cash.
Bentley will be hopeful of a successful first defense of his Lonsdale belt (Photo: 32Red)
Last time out as previously touched on, Bentley beat Mark Heffron to claim the Lonsdale belt and become the new British champion. Bentley ultimately won the contest via fourth round RTD due to a bad cut to Heffron, but it was clear to see what way the fight was going anyway, prior to the stoppage.
Before capturing the British title in November 2020 in the rematch with Heffron, their previous fight was deemed a draw, with scores of 95-95 across the board. Bentley felt very hard done by that night, with many fans also believing he had just edged the fight. However, none of that mattered in the end as Bentley put on a classy display in the rematch and won that coveted Lonsdale belt.
‘2 Sharp’ will be desperate to make a successful first defence of his title, as well as picking up the Commonwealth strap on the way, and who could doubt him?
In the opposite corner you have the current Commonwealth middleweight champion, Felix Cash.
Also boasting a perfect record, Cash has 13 wins with no defeats, nine of those wins coming by way of knockout. Like Bentley, judging by the knockout ratio on their records, it is clear to see both men can seriously punch.
Not dissimilarly to Bentley, Cash made his debut not too long ago, back in 2016. Since then, Cash has looked impressive and is one of several great fighters currently training under Tony Sims in the Matchroom Gym.
Cash has had a somewhat frustrating start to his pro career, perhaps not fighting as regularly as he would have liked or against the type of opponent he feel he deserves to face. However, that is all behind him now and he has a fantastic opportunity to make a real name for himself on Saturday night. A win over Bentley, as well as picking up the Lonsdale belt along the way, would surely get the ball rolling in the career of Felix Cash.
Felix Cash goes into the fight as a marginal favourite (Photo: Sky Sports)
The 28-year-old won the Commonwealth title back in 2019 against Rasheed Abolaji, with a destructive first round knockout against the tough Nigerian. The Surrey man has made two successful defences since then, the latest being at ‘Fight Camp’ at Matchroom HQ in the summer.
Cash has some eye-catching wins over the likes of Jason Welborn, Jack Cullen and Stephen Danyo, who are three great names to have on your record, especially so early on in your professional career. Standing at 6”1, Cash is a relatively big middleweight, which may play into his hands on the night, being the slightly bigger man in the ring.
Now we are just embarking on fight week, the bookmakers have Cash as the favourite, at around 4/9. Bentley sits at a price around 13/8 with most bookmakers. Although Cash is the favourite, and rightly so, the prices are a little wide considering it is the Londoner who holds the more prestigious belt.
Although neither man will be looking beyond this fight, as that would be foolish given the magnitude of the contest, the winner is surely set to be in a great position after the fight. Beating an opponent with an undefeated record and claiming both the British and Commonwealth titles will put the winner in a very lucrative position, with possible aspirations of fighting for the European title soon enough.
That is all further down the line for whoever wins this huge fight on Saturday night. Both me know they will be up against it and will have to come through sticky situations if they are to get their hand raised, so here’s hoping their styles gel and the fans get a competitive fight this coming weekend.
Mark Heffron – WIN – RTD Round 4
Mark Heffron – DRAW – (95-95, 95-95, 95-95)
Mick Hall – WIN – RTD Round 6
Adam Grabiec – WIN – TKO Round 2
Jason Welborn – WIN – TKO Round 5
Jack Cullen – WIN – TKO Round 8
Rasheed Abolaji – WIN – TKO Round 1
Stephen Danyo – WIN – UD (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
Date: April 24th 2021
Time: Ring walk approx. 22.30
Venue: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England.
Channel: BT Sport
Official fight poster (@BTSportBoxing on Twitter)
Elsewhere on the card, Callm Johnson takes on Emil Markic in a light-heavyweight contest, George Davey faces Jamie Stewart in a super-welterweight contest and Henry Turner takes on Clayton Bricknell in a super-lightweight contest. Also featuring is exciting heavyweight contender, David Adeleye. James Heneghan faces Dwain Grant in a middleweight contest and Karol Itauma is set to take on Ryan Hibbert in a light-heavyweight bout.