British beltholder Bentley will clash with Commonwealth champion Cash
Promoter Frank Warren released this statement on February 10: "Delighted to confirm that Queensberry have won the purse bid for the British and Commonwealth Middleweight Championship cracker between Denzel Bentley and Felix Cash.
Absolutely brilliant fight!"
Denzel Bentley (14-0-1, 12KOs) puts up his British belt and Felix Cash lays his Commonwealth title on the line in this winner takes all contest between two undefeated champions.
26-year-old Battersea boxer Bentley had an incredible 2020, first stepping up in levels to stop Mick Hall (15-3, 2KOs) in six one-sided rounds in July; then he had that thrilling draw with once-beaten Mark Heffron (25-2, KOs) in September, which was a 'Fight of the Year'contender; he then finished the year by bettering his rival Heffron in just four rounds to win the coveted Lonsdale belt.
Trained by Martin Bowers at the Peacock Gym, his achievements during such an uncertain, arduous period earned him BBN's Editor’s Choice for British Fighter of the Year Award 2020.
Felix Cash (13-0, 9KOs) has also stepped up in his last few fights, first defeating Dutchman Stephen Danyo (17-4-3, 6KOs) back in 2018; he then won the Commonwealth crown in February 2019 with a blisteringly fast first-round soppage of Nigerian champion Rasheed Abolaji (11-5-1, 6KOs), which was actually a bit of a mis-match even though he had gone the full 12 rounds for the title before against Sam Sheedy; and his TKO wins over Jack Cullen (19-2-1, 9KOs) and former British champ and world title contender Jason Welborn (24-9, 7KOs) secured his British title shot.
The 27-year-old from Wokingham has fought winning fighters ever since his fifth pro bout onwards, first testing himself against unbeaten Irishman Jay Byrne when he was 4-0 at the time. His opponents' combined record since has been a respectable 105-38, and he now comes into this next contest off the back of three good stoppages over notable names.
Both boxers are unbeaten champions, hard-hitting, confident and ambitious, making this one of the most exciting prospects for British boxing fans in 2021.