Home Boxing News Felix Cash destroys Denzel Bentley in three, Callum Johnson returns with win

Felix Cash destroys Denzel Bentley in three, Callum Johnson returns with win

Felix Cash vs Denzel Bentley. Photo credit: Queensberry Promotions

Commonwealth middleweight champion Felix Cash 14-0 (10) retained his title with a dominant third-round knockout of Denzel Bentley 14-1-1 (12) at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Cash was in control throughout the bout, hurting Bentley in the first round with a right hand.

Cash was able to impose his will on Bentley and seemingly couldn’t miss with the right hand blows. In the third he again stung Bentley with the right and unloaded the same shot four more times as Bentley stood defenceless on the ropes.

Referee Victor Loughlin intervened to save the beaten Bentley at 1:24 of round three.

“I stunned him in the first round and I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him again,” Cash said. “The more the fight was going, I was relaxing and I was walking through him. I caught him, I saw he was gone and I finished the job.

“He wasn’t as awkward as I thought he might be. I thought it might take me six or seven rounds to break him down. When I got in there I was hitting him.

“That was a bit of a statement. I said I was a level above him before the fight, I showed it in the ring.”

Cash, who picked up Bentley’s British championship with the win, now wants one more belt before pushing for world honours.

“I want the third [belt] now, I want the European, then we’ll move on,” Cash said. “We’ve got a lot of big names out there. You have got Chris Eubank, you have got Liam Williams and a few others.”

In the main support bout light heavyweight contender Callum Johnson 19-1 (14) returned from a two-year layoff to knockout Emil Markic 32-3 (24) in the second round of their scheduled 10-round contest

Both boxers exchanged bombs in the opening round with Markic landing a huge right hand that cut Johnson, but the British boxer finished strongly to take the round.

Johnson continued to attack in round two, mixing in shots to the body and head. Markic eventually wilted under the pressure, crumpling to the canvas in the second round. Referee Steve Gray called the fight at the 2:30 mark.

“I had it in my head I wanted to get him out of there before anyone else and I was a bit eager,” Johnson said.

“I felt it was a good shot but my head was clear and I knew I was okay and I thought I’d get him out of there when the chance came.”

In other results heavyweight David Adeleye 6-0 (5) scored a six-round decision over Polish journeyman Kamil Sokolowski. 10-21-2 (4). Referee and sole judge Marcus McDonnell awarded the fight to the local boxer with a score of 58-57.