There is an art to knocking out an opponent- and it seems that Battersea-boxer, Denzel Bentley has really got the knack of it.
The heavy-hitting middleweight, signed to Frank Warren, searches for victory number 10 on April 27th at The SSE Arena, Wembley and he will be hoping to add a ninth knockout to his professional resume.
There isn’t many boxers in the country that can boast a better knockout percentage than Bentley’s and loading up with your punches isn’t the way to approach landing the lethal blow.
“It’s more to do with timing and slowing down my work” explains the 24-year-old.
He continued; “Because, when I first came here [Peacock gym] I was an amateur and it was all about fast work and a high work rate because it’s only 3 rounds.
“So, when I came to the pro’s it was all about settling down, picking my shots more and timing just comes naturally better because you’re thinking about your work.”
Denzel will be in a six round contest when fighting on the undercard to stable-mate Daniel Dubois’ heavyweight bout against Richard Lartey and will be looking to take his undefeated record into double digits.
The Londoner will be hoping another victory on April 27th will be the gateway to fighting for the opportunity to claim a maiden title as a pro.
“The Southern Area title- I’ve been trying to chase that for a while now.
“The English title”- which is currently held by Reece Cartwright and will be defending the belt against Jack Cullen in May- “if the winner is free and I can jump in with one of them, I’d be more than happy to do that!
“In actual reality, I’ll fight for any title to be honest! 50/50 fights- I want them type of opponents.
“I don’t want to be hanging about fighting opponents I am meant to beat because I’m in here everyday training hard- sweating, putting my life into this, making sacrifices- so I don’t want to waste it on meaningless fights. I know you’ve got to build, but I want to get stuck in there.”
Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey tops the bill at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 on a card that also includes the tantalising Commonwealth super-middleweight title fight between slick southpaw Lerrone Richards and experienced former British champion Tommy Langford, who can become a two-weight Commonwealth champion should he prevail away from home.
Hoping to challenge the winner is unbeaten 168-pounder Zak Chelli who faces Jimmy Smith in a Southern Area super-middleweight title clash.
WBO European super flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp also feature.
Hoddesdon's flashy super-lightweight Alfie Price is all set for his fifth fight, as is rangy super-welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz and Belfast amateur middleweight star Caoimhin Agyarko; Chris Kongo; Shakiel Thompson; Umar Sadiq; Bilal Ali will also return to action.