Denzel Bentley was the victor when he faced off with Linus Udofia
Denzel Bentley became a two time British middleweight champion as he defeated the previously unbeaten Linus Udofia in a thrilling bout that was the curtain raiser of Wasserman Boxing's venture on Channel 5, at the Indigo at the O2.
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Udofia and Bentley got up close and personal early on, as Bentley was looking to land the big punches, as Udofia measured his range and worked well with his jab.
Udofia found success in the early rounds, as he was tagging Bentley often, but Bentley marched Udofia down and began to turn the tide in the mid point as the pair would trade.
The middle rounds saw Bentley's power make dents in Udofia's armour, as the heavy shots were visibly having an effect on Udofia. In round eight, Bentley landed a big shot which seen Udofia's knee touch the canvas, however the referee missed this so it was controversially not ruled as a knockdown.
Bentley seemed to have emptied the tank as Udofia found sucess in round ten. But, Bentley responded well with a strong 11th, leaving many to believe that it would all be decided in the final round.
The final round saw Udofia come out and looked to box and move as Bentley marched him down, the last 30 seconds seen the pair exchange hooks, followed by a respectful embrace at the final bell. Following a lengthy amount of time, it was confirmed as a split decision, the scorecards read 116-112 & 115-113 for Bentley and 115-114 Udofia, confirming Bentley as a two time British middleweight champion.
Bentley stated: "It means a lot to get this belt back. I didn't like the way I lost it.
"That was a fight, I enjoyed that. He was a great dancing partner.
"This could have been a world stage, world title fight. So, if we push on and get to that stage, I don't mind doing it again."
Josh Kelly's return was supposed to act as the chief support. However, the fight was called off right at the last minute following opponent Xhuljo Vrenozi pulling out. Kelly took to the mic to announce the news and claimed that he is now likely to compete on Wasserman's next show, which takes place in Liverpool in June.
Josh Kelly addressing the crowd, confirming that his fight at the O2 Indigo tonight is OFF ? pic.twitter.com/kR00vljerD— Rob Tebbutt (@RobTebbutt) May 13, 2022
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