Boxing Tonight: TV schedule, UK fight time and undercard for Bentley vs Cash
Two British fighters trying to make a name for themselves clash as two British names try to make a fight
A joy to promote and “one of the hottest properties in British boxing right now”: Frank Warren has never underplayed Denzel Bentley’s ability. It’s the level of his opponents that have sewn seeds of doubt.
That changes on Saturday night as he looks forward to his first “50-50 fight” with Felix Cash. Two belts on the line – it’s Bentley’s first defence of his British middleweight title and Cash holds the Commonwealth belt – make for a bout that is almost too close to call.
In defence of Warren’s corner, the lack of a really formidable test hasn’t been for want of trying. Bentley has risen to every challenge which has come his way so far and waltzed past Kelcie Ball in less than two minutes.
Indeed, 12 of his 14 wins have come by knockout and he has certainly made light work of the journeymen he has been presented with so far. The last time he fought at the iconic York Hall, Bethnal Green, his battle with Mark Heffron was judged a draw. He wasted little time in putting that right, however, knocking out the 29-year-old months later in Salford.
The whole of St Vincent will be behind him, as he pledges to donate 10 per cent of his purse to the relief effort following a volcanic eruption on the island.
Cash, too, is undefeated. Since turning professional five years ago, he will have faced few with the punch power of Bentley, but likewise, he has largely backed up the hype so far.
It is only a pity the main event will not be preceded by what might have been a make-or-break return for Anthony Yarde. The British light-heavyweight has pulled out of his comeback against Emin Atra with a tooth abscess, so we will be denied the chance to see whether he finally puts those defeats to Sergey Kovalev and Lyndon Arthur behind him.
Bentley vs Cash details
Date: Saturday 24 April.
Venue: York Hall, London.
Fight time: Ring walks expected around 10pm BST.
TV/live stream: BT Sport 1 (HD) from 7.30pm. The fight can also be streamed live on the BT Sport website.
Undercard highlights: Not a lot now that Yarde has pulled out, but Callum Johnson will make his own comeback after two years out against Emil Markic.
i predicts: Very tough to call, but Bentley’s combative style could see him win on points.