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Felix Cash Denzel Bentley shares his sparring story with “dirty fighter”

Felix Cash Felix Cash sparring story shares with “dirty Denzel his fighter” Bentley

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100

He defends the British Middleweight championship against mandatory contender, Cash (13-0, 9 KOs) who will be risking his Commonwealth title on Saturday 

He defends the British Middleweight championship against mandatory contender, Cash (13-0, 9 KOs) who will be risking his Commonwealth title on Saturday (April 24), live on BT Sport.

When Bentley (14-0-1, —12 KOs) sparred with Cash a few years ago things spilled over when Bentley got fed up with Cash’s roughhouse tactics.

He has admitted to pulling Cash into a headlock before being picked up by his rival. They ended up grappling on the floor before being pulled apart.

Bentley, 26, recalled: “We both did four rounds sparring then jumped back in with each other.

“We were going at it and he started hitting low and behind the head – all the little dirty tricks he likes to do. Then it got heated, he got upset and it turned into a little scrap but it’s in the past.

“He says I was clinging on for dear life – well we will see on Saturday.

“I do everything better than Felix. Is he gonna turn up with his dirty tricks? He is a dirty fighter. Everyone has seen it in his fights.

“He does it well and gets away with it a lot, but it’s not going to bother me. I reckon I am going to stop him even if he doesn’t have chinks in his armour.”

Cash, 28,  hit back: “Am I a dirty fighter? I am what I am. I am a very good fighter and I am going to show Denzel. I will win the fight by stoppage.”

Bentley is making his first defence of the title he won by forcing Mark Heffron to retire in November and promoter Frank Warren has suggested his man is close to moving onto to the world stage.

The Hall of Fame promoter who won the purse bids to stage the showdown added: “There was talk that Tony Sims (Felix’s trainer) said he was considering not taking the fight and moving on, but hats off to them.

“From a fans point of view it doesn’t get any better than this. The one who has the skills and wants it the most will come through.

“I have an opinion about the fight and that is why we got behind Denzel in the purse bids. We believe in him.

“If Denzel comes through this as we expect him to then he will move on and into a position where he gets a world title fight.”

Also on the bill, former British Light-Heavyweight champion and world title challenger Callum Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) challenges Bosnia’s Emil Markic (32-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBO Global title.

Some of the best prospects in the Queensberry stable are also on show including London Heavyweight banger David Adeleye (5-0, 5 KOs) who boxes a six rounder.

Over six rounds York Super-Welterweight George Davey (3-0) meets Jamie Stewart (2-1-1), and Super-Lightweight Henry Turner (4-0) keeps busy.

In four rounders are Liverpool Middleweight James Heneghan (4-0), Worcester Welterweight Owen Cooper (3-0) and Chatham Light-Heavyweight Karol Itauma (1-0) a Youth Olympic Gold Medallist.

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Sun, 25 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100

It was a statement win for Felix Cash in the York Hall main event

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It was a statement win for Felix Cash in the York Hall main event.

Felix Cash made a major statement on the domestic level today in London, stopping Denzel Bentley in the third round to unify the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles.

Cash (14-0, 10 KO) held the Commonwealth title coming in, and took the British belt from Bentley (14-1-1, 12 KO) when he unloaded a furious barrage of right hands midway into the third round, forcing referee Victor Loughlin to step in and stop the fight.

Bentley, 25, did complain about the stoppage — he hadn’t gone down — but he’d taken four or five straight really good shots from Cash and was stood straight up with his hands down. Loughlin frankly may have saved him from something much worse coming.

Cash came out fast in this one, doing some first round damage, but Bentley did settle it down with a better second round. Cash just showed his class here, though, and the 28-year-old displayed the same ferociousness and finishing instinct we’ve seen from him on the road to this fight.

“I stunned him in the first round, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him again,” Cash said. “I could just walk through him. When I caught him, I could see him going, and I finished the job.”

Cash said he wants to go after the European title next, which is currently held by Italy’s Matteo Signani (30-5-3, 11 KO), a 41-year-old veteran.

Ruthless from Felix Cash! He stops Denzel Bentley in the third to add the British Middleweight Title to his Commonwealth crown #BentleyCash #FightNightLive pic.twitter.com/MfCPJtNe0c

The 35-year-old Johnson (19-1, 14 KO) hadn’t fought in 25 months, but he was right back to his familiar warrior outlook in this one, going right at Croatia’s Markic from the opening bell.

That resulted in a great first round, which Johnson won but also saw him eat a brutal right hand from Markic (32-3, 24 KO). The fact Johnson took that shot without going down says a lot about how tough a fighter he is, and he poured on the pressure to the body and head in round two, forcing a stoppage at 2:37.

Johnson has dedicated the rest of his career to his late father, and his ultimate goal is another world title shot, and to cash in this time. He had a war with Artur Beterbiev in 2018, and now has his sights on the WBO title, currently held by Joe Smith Jr.

“I’d jump in with Joe Smith next week, that’s just who I am,” said Johnson, who admitted he was a bit too eager in the ring tonight. “But I’ll leave that to my team to figure out. I’m open to whatever. Frank (Warren) said I could be back in June.”

Callum Johnson has SERIOUS power He unloads at will on Emil Markic and gets an emphatic second round stoppage. Welcome back. Huge fights are on the horizon pic.twitter.com/9CbcaTh98z

This is a controversial decision, but rather comically predictable. I scored the fight 58-56 for Sokolowski, the Polish veteran and respected trial horse, because he just did a better job than the promising but still very raw Adeleye. I predicted live that referee Marcus McDonnell would probably have it 58-57 Adeleye. McDonnell scored it 58-57 Adeleye. Adeleye (6-0, 5 KO) is still a promising heavyweight, and while some people just refuse to fully take this in, Sokolowski (10-22-2, 4 KO) is a lot better a boxer than his record. He’s a journeyman. There are guys who are 20-0 and probably not actually as decent at Sokolowski is. There is value in this fight, but realistically they should probably scale Adeleye a step back for another fight or two, because his rawness was on full display here, and he fought like a bundle of nerves once the other guy didn’t walk onto a big shot or just fall over. People might complain, but who cares? They’ll stop if Adeleye steps up and wins when he’s actually, genuinely ready.

David Adeleye called for a step-up and Kamil Sokolowski is certainly providing that here. How are you scoring this?Watch #AdeleyeSokolowski on BT Sport 1 HD now pic.twitter.com/p6YIXN2TYq

David Adeleye landed a big right hand at the end of the fight A very close fight and this punch may have swung it.He gets a narrow points decision win over Kamil Sokolowski #AdeleyeSokolowski pic.twitter.com/dDorVBwxrH

Karol Itauma can clearly bang a bit The Olympic pedigree is showing in the professionals. Those heavy hands could take him far. He takes out Ryan Hibbert in the first round pic.twitter.com/ecGiwu5NF7

– April 25, 2021
Felix Cash Denzel Bentley shares his sparring story with “dirty fighter”