The vacant British middleweight title is on the road this Friday between former champion Denzel Bentley, and Linus Udofia, an unbeaten former English champion within the headline occasion of a Wasserman Boxing present this Friday from the Indigo at The O2.
Udofia vs Bentley might be broadcast on Channel 5 within the UK.
Udofia (17-0, 9 KOs) has impressed in his fledgling profession up to now, turning into English champion in November 2019 with a majority nod over Tyler Denny, after which stopping John Harding Jr in 9 nearly a yr later.
The Luton native was final in motion final October, with a stoppage win towards Xhuljo Vrenozi in three.
Bentley (15-1-1, 13 KOs) is a heavy-handed sort, and he made the many of the behind closed doorways settings because of the pandemic, coming to the fore throughout 2020.
First, the Battersea man stopped Mick Corridor, and was unfortunate to solely safe a draw towards Mark Heffron on the again finish of the yr. In a rematch, ‘2 Sharp’ made no mistake, and with the vacant British belt on the road, he pressured Heffron to retire after 4 rounds.
The primary defence was towards Felix Money, with Money’s Commonwealth title additionally at stake, in April 2021, however the 27-year-old was no match for his opponent, struggling a primary defeat by third spherical stoppage.
He returned in November, seeing off Sam Evans in three.
Prediction: It is a cracking wanting conflict, with each having a powerful case for profitable. It may effectively be a tear up, and Bentley has a excessive knockout ratio, which may work to his benefit. I lean to the extra skilled Bentley to take the win through late stoppage or tight factors verdict.
Sunderland’s Josh Kelly makes his long-awaited comeback, 15 months after struggling his first skilled defeat, and the welterweight returns in a ten rounder towards the aforementioned Vrenozi (18-4, 3 KOs).
Kelly (10-1-1, 6 KOs) had a stellar newbie profession, however was matched robust rapidly, drawing with Ray Robinson early on in his professional profession and two fights later, he took on an actual acid take a look at, and it was a bridge too far in a European title tilt towards David Avanesyan, finally stopped in six rounds.
The 28-year-old ought to have a mild return towards the Albanian, who has been halted 3 times in his 4 defeats.
Prediction: Kelly can clinch victory earlier than midway.
Eubank battles Dodd
An fascinating conflict comes at tremendous light-weight, the place former Commonwealth light-weight champion, Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd meets the unbeaten Harlem Eubank over ten rounds.
Eubank(13-0, 5 KOs) has made good progress as far as a professional, and the Brighton man is in spectacular current type, starting with an eighth spherical knockout of Martin McDonagh in September 2020.
He was final out in February, forcing Viorel Simion to retire after 5 rounds.
Dodd (17-6-1, 3 KOs) has had a irritating few years of inactivity, and was seen final in a BOXXER event in November 2021, shedding a cut up determination in his quarter ultimate towards Cori Gibbs.
Prediction: Eubank ought to take this one late on.
There’s a British title eliminator at middleweight, and Brad Pauls can rating a win over Birmingham’s Ryan Kelly of their scheduled ten rounder.
‘Newquay Bomb’ Pauls (15-0, 9 KOs) will get some a lot wanted publicity right here, however might have the gap to see off Kelly (16-3, 8 KOs), who has solely been halted by Hamzah Sheeraz, and has taken Michael McKinson ten rounds.
Former world title challenger Katharina Thanderz (13-1, 2 KOs) returns after a stoppage defeat to Terri Harper in her final struggle, and the Norwegian could make a profitable comeback with a factors win at tremendous featherweight towards Tereza Dvorakova (4-6, 1 KO).