Bentley Vs Cash Official BT Sport Weigh In Results
In the main event Denzel Bentley defends his British Middleweight title against Felix Cash, who will be putting his own Commonwealth title on the line. Elsewhere on the card, Callum Johnson returns after a 2 year absence against Croatia’s Emil Markic. David Adeleye takes a step-up when he battles Kamil Sokolowski and Queensberry prospects Henry Turner, George Davey and Karol Itauma all return to action.
Worcester’s Owen Cooper makes his Queensberry debut.
Felix Cash – 159lb 9oz
Denzel Bentley – 159lb 4oz
Emil Markic – 174lb 5oz
Callum Johnson – 174lb 6oz
Kamil Sokolowski – 230lb
David Adeleye – 225lb 7oz
Clayton Bricknell – 138lb 3oz
Henry Turner – 142lb 2oz
Jamie Stewart – 146lb 2oz
George Davey – 147lb 4oz
James Heneghan – 161lb 8oz
Dwain Grant – 161lb 6oz
Ryan Hibbert – 176lb 9oz
Karol Itauma – 176lbs
Daryl Pearce – 147lbs 5oz
Owen Cooper – 147lbs 6oz
HALL OF FAME PROMOTER Frank Warren today hosted the final head-to-head press conference between British Middleweight champion Denzel Bentley (14-0-1, 12 KOs) and Commonwealth title holder Felix Cash (13-0, 9 KOs).
Both titles will be on the line when the bitter rivals meet on Saturday (April 24) live on BT Sport. Here is a selection of quotes from today’s presser.
This fight came about because the British Boxing Board of Control ordered it. Denzel and Felix didn’t want to withdraw from it. It went out to purse bids which we (Queensberry) won and it’s on.
I don’t think it gets any better than this. Both guys are undefeated, they have similar records and I think you are going to see something a little bit special. I understand there is no love lost from sparring, and was there unofficial sparring out of the ring? This has got the hallmarks of a classic fight in a division that Britain has always flown the flag in. You can go back over the years and look at some of the great British and Commonwealth Middleweight title fights. This definitely has a great chance of being up there as far as quality and action are concerned. As a boxing fan, I’m looking forward to it. There were a lot of talks, that Tony Sims (Felix’s trainer) said he was considering not taking the fight and moving on, but hats off to them. We won the purse bids and they are having the fight. From the fan’s 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. Denzel hasn’t come through the easy way. It has been tough. I lost the main event on a televised dinner show on the day. Denzel had been sparring ten rounds, but he jumped at a fight that night and stopped Serge Ambomo. That tells me a lot about him. It shows me a guy who believes in himself. He has looked better and better. He is a credit to himself and his trainer Martin Bowers. If good guys win he comes through this weekend. Fans are going to see something special between two talented fighters. There is competition between them, their promoters. The whole thing smacks of electricity. It will be exciting while it lasts.
I am very proud to be British Middleweight champion. I have been everywhere with the belt. I’ve shown it off to let everyone know about my achievements. I am proud. I think Felix will regret taking this fight. Felix believes he is world level, but go through his opponents and there is nothing to suggest he is at that level, but every fighter needs to believe they are. I believe I am world level and he believes I’m not, so we will see. There is the sparring story with Felix. 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 before. 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 armor.
Every British fighter wants to win the British title and that is what I want to do. Denzel is in my way so let’s get it on. I cannot wait to get my hands on the British belt. There were other options on the table, but we sat down and spoke as a team. We had a look at Denzel and just said, ‘Let’s go for it.’ I would have preferred it was on a Matchroom show, but it doesn’t make any difference to me, a ring is a ring and the best man will win on the night. I believe I am world level and I don’t believe that Denzel is. He is a decent domestic fighter. I believe I am a level above him and I will show him on Saturday night. Styles make fights. I believe I am better and I will prove that. We will sort it out man to man and the best man will win. I believe that man is going to be me. He has been doing a world tour with that belt. I hope he has enjoyed it because it is leaving him on Saturday night. I am going to be in front of him and he will have to deal with it. 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. Let’s just put on a good fight for the fans.
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.
Also in six round action, York Super-Welterweight George Davey (3-0) who meets Jamie Stewart (2-1-1) and Super-Lightweight Henry Turner (4-0).
In four rounders are Liverpool Middleweight James Heneghan (4-0) and Chatham Light-Heavyweight Karol Itauma (1-0) a Youth Olympic Gold Medallist.
DENZLEY BENTLEY TO DONATE 10% OF PURSE TO ST VINCENT VOLCANO RELIEF EFFORT
IN THE WEEK of the biggest fight of his life, British middleweight champion and Commonwealth contender Denzel Bentley is thinking of others and doing his bit to help.
Following the devastating volcanic eruptions that have thrown the island of St Vincent into turmoil, the 26-year-old Bentley has pledged to donate 10 per cent of his fight purse to the fundraising effort.
Bentley defends his British title on Saturday against the Commonwealth champion Felix Cash in an eagerly awaited clash that will take place at York Hall in London and be broadcast live via BT Sport.
The volcanic terror has resulted in thousands of people being displaced, children being moved into shelters and an acute water shortage.
“It is for a vital cause,” said Bentley. “They need our help because of this terrible tragedy and the main social income is from tourism.
“Without tourists coming in there is no money and the island has just been through a horrendous experience, the sort of which we can only imagine the horror.
“So I felt this is the right thing for me to do. The children need our help and thousands of families need to relocate. It is the least I can do to help and if anybody is able to join me, please click the link for all the details of how to donate.”
For more information on the situation and how to donate, please visit: http://www.svghighcom.co.uk/site/Charity.html
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