This Saturday on BT Sport from the famed York Hall in London, Denzel Bentley and Felix Cash will unify the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles in a big domestic showdown at 160.
Who wins the fight? We’ve got our picks in.
Scott Christ (24-7-2)
A really good domestic matchup, one that sees Matchroom’s Cash as the away fighter of sorts on the Queensberry show. Bentley had his struggles the first time out with Mark Heffron in Sept. 2020, but came back from that well in a rematch two months later, stopping Heffron in the fourth round. This is roughly 50/50 to me, and I think comes down to which side executes better; that’s pretty basic, but it really is about the clash of styles. Cash is at his best making things physical and rough, while Bentley is going to want to keep some range, though Bentley may also be the better pure puncher. I’m going to go with Bentley in a close one that possibly begs for a rematch, one that could have gone either way. Bentley UD-12
Wil Esco (25-6-2)
I actually had to do a little homework here on this one. I went and watched some tape on Bentley and nothing about him particularly stood out to me except that I think he can be hit a little easier than he should be for someone with some athletic gifts that likes to fight at range. As for Felix Cash, I don’t necessarily think he’s a dynamo or anything, but I do think he has the potential to force a pace that Bentley won’t favor. Both fighters have been exchanging some heated words leading into this fight, but I just don’t think either of them will be able to score the stoppage and I think if Cash comes out aggressive that could give him the edge on the cards. I’m going to take Cash to win a decision over the distance. Cash UD-12
How to Watch Bentley vs Cash
Date: Saturday, April 24 | Start Time: 2:30 pm ET
Location: York Hall - London, England
TV: BT Sport 1 (UK)
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com
Patrick L. Stumberg (24-7-2)
The Denzel Bentley that went to war with Mark Heffron in their first meeting gets pasted here. The one that inflicted 0.6 Lebedevs of damage to Heffron’s eye in their rematch probably still loses, but he’ll do a lot better for himself; this is an extremely well-matched fight between technically savvy and hard-hitting middleweights, and Cash seems to have just a bit too much going his way.
While Bentley seemingly shed some of the bad habits that got him into trouble in the first Heffron fight, that apparently vulnerability to being bullied bodes ill against someone with Cash’s power and physicality. At the very least, Cash figures to have more luck pressing the action than Bentley will trying to dominate at range. Cash takes a competitive but clear unanimous decision. Cash UD-12
Lewis Watson (26-5-2)
A real pick ‘em for the British middleweight title inside London’s York Hall. Oooof. In a pre-pandemic world, you’d do well to secure a ticket for this one in Bethnal Green. There’s nothing better than feeling the sweat drip from the ceiling in the atmospheric cauldron, while you’re hanging over the balcony for one of the best views in boxing. The fight itself is a real British banger. Bentley’s been eyeing up his chance against Cash for a while ever since tempers flared in a previous spar. Cash is aggressive and strong at the weight, but Bentley has improved so much over the last couple of years under Martin Bowers and proved his worth over back-to-back fights with Mark Heffron. Bentley seems so confident, has a solid boxing brain and no longer struggles with fights that go the distance. It’s a bigger step up for Cash here and I think the underdog bites. But I say that with zero confidence. Bentley SD-12