Outcomes and highlights: Felix Money smashes Denzel Bentley in three, unifies British and Commonwealth titles
Felix Money made a serious assertion on the home degree immediately in London, stopping Denzel Bentley within the third spherical to unify the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles.
Money (14-0, 10 KO) held the Commonwealth title coming in, and took the British belt from Bentley (14-1-1, 12 KO) when he unloaded a livid barrage of proper arms halfway into the third spherical, forcing referee Victor Loughlin to step in and cease the battle.
Bentley, 25, did complain concerning the stoppage — he hadn’t gone down — however he’d taken 4 or 5 straight actually good photographs from Money and was stood straight up together with his arms down. Loughlin frankly might have saved him from one thing a lot worse coming.
Money got here out quick on this one, performing some first spherical harm, however Bentley did settle it down with a greater second spherical. Money simply confirmed his class right here, although, and the 28-year-old displayed the identical ferociousness and ending intuition we’ve seen from him on the street to this battle.
“I surprised him within the first spherical, and I knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than I caught him once more,” Money mentioned. “I might simply stroll by him. After I caught him, I might see him going, and I completed the job.”
Money mentioned he desires to go after the European title subsequent, which is at the moment held by Italy’s Matteo Signani (30-5-3, 11 KO), a 41-year-old veteran.
The 35-year-old Johnson (19-1, 14 KO) hadn’t fought in 25 months, however he was proper again to his acquainted warrior outlook on this one, going proper at Croatia’s Markic from the opening bell.
That resulted in an important first spherical, which Johnson received but additionally noticed him eat a brutal proper hand from Markic (32-3, 24 KO). The actual fact Johnson took that shot with out taking place says so much about how robust a fighter he’s, and he poured on the strain to the physique and head in spherical two, forcing a stoppage at 2:37.
Johnson has devoted the remainder of his profession to his late father, and his final objective is one other world title shot, and to money on this time. He had a struggle with Artur Beterbiev in 2018, and now has his sights on the WBO title, at the moment held by Joe Smith Jr.
“I’d bounce in with Joe Smith subsequent week, that’s simply who I’m,” mentioned Johnson, who admitted he was a bit too keen within the ring tonight. “However I’ll go away that to my group to determine. I’m open to no matter. Frank (Warren) mentioned I could possibly be again in June.”
Callum Johnson has SERIOUS energy
He unloads at will on Emil Markic and will get an emphatic second spherical stoppage. Welcome again. Big fights are on the horizon pic.twitter.com/9CbcaTh98z
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This can be a controversial determination, however reasonably comically predictable. I scored the battle 58-56 for Sokolowski, the Polish veteran and revered trial horse, as a result of he simply did a greater job than the promising however nonetheless very uncooked Adeleye. I predicted dwell that referee Marcus McDonnell would most likely have it 58-57 Adeleye. McDonnell scored it 58-57 Adeleye. Adeleye (6-0, 5 KO) continues to be a promising heavyweight, and whereas some individuals simply refuse to totally take this in, Sokolowski (10-22-2, 4 KO) is so much higher a boxer than his file. He’s a journeyman. There are guys who’re 20-0 and possibly not truly as first rate at Sokolowski is. There may be worth on this battle, however realistically they need to most likely scale Adeleye a step again for an additional battle or two, as a result of his rawness was on full show right here, and he fought like a bundle of nerves as soon as the opposite man didn’t stroll onto an enormous shot or simply fall over. Folks may complain, however who cares? They’ll cease if Adeleye steps up and wins when he’s truly, genuinely prepared.
- Henry Turner PTS-6 Clayton Bricknell; Turner (5-0, 0 KO) is a 140 lb prospect, 20 years outdated, a southpaw. This was a stable battle for him, a good win over Bricknell (3-4-1, 0 KO), who had no argument to win however did give a great effort and actually tried to disrupt the child.
- George Davey PTS-6 Jamie Stewart: Stewart (2-2-1, 0 KO) has confirmed a stable prospect tester, however the true take a look at right here was for the viewing viewers to not go to sleep. The 23-year-old Davey is now 4-0 (0 KO), profitable this on a referee’s rating of 59-56, however what a brutally uninteresting battle this was to look at, absolute TV poison. Davey was tentative and timid all through, Stewart wasn’t precisely raging ahead to interact; overlook not catching hearth and even missing a spark, this was just like the matchbook had been dropped in a puddle after which dunked additional in.
- Karol Itauma TKO-1 Ryan Hibbert: Whole wipeout right here, as Hibbert (1-9, 0 KO) was down in about 18 seconds, then down with about 1:45 left within the spherical, then down with about 1:10 left within the spherical, and referee Michael Alexander had seen sufficient, waving it off. None had been heavy knockdowns, actually. Itauma is a 20-year-old gentle heavyweight, was a great youth newbie. He’s now 2-0 (1 KO) after turning professional in December.