Denzel Bentley once took a fight just hours after sparring 10 rounds

Denzel Bentley once took a fight on the same day as sparring 10 rounds – I've no fears about him being up for a challenge.

The British middleweight champion takes on Commonwealth titleholder Felix Cash tonight in a brilliant battle on BT Sport.

Bentley, 26, has had a remarkable rise in the last 18 months. He is an example to those that if you take a chance you get your reward.

He wasn't afraid to take on opportunities behind closed doors and now the Battersea bruiser has the opportunity to down a rising star in Cash after becoming British champion in lockdown.

But I always knew Bentley was up for taking chances.

Back in 2018, I was staging a charity dinner show on a Monday night and one of the fights on the card fell apart on the day.

We looked for someone to step in, so I got in touch with Bentley's trainer Martin Bowers.

He asked Bentley if he fancied a fight that night. The boxer agreed.

What I didn't know was that he had just sparred 10 rounds that morning.

Fatigued? If he was then he didn't show it.

Bentley went out and stopped Serge Ambomo inside two rounds. If I knew he was sweating it out in the gym that morning I wouldn't have put him in.

He shows again tonight he is not afraid of a challenge, by taking on a fellow unbeaten prospect in Cash.

Why wait? These guys should be fighting each other now.

I know it is used as an example often but James DeGale and George Groves fought early on in their pro careers.

DeGale lost but both went on to become world champions. In fact, DeGale did it before Groves.

But that fight raised their profile and it is no terrible thing to take a defeat.

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  • I showed it before Christmas with Daniel Dubois against Joe Joyce and Anthony Yarde against Lyndon Arthur.

    The favourites in both of those lost but all four fighters can still become world champions.

    Credit to Cash, too. We thought when we won the purse bids that the Tony Sims-trained fighter might go down a different route but he has stepped up.

    The fans will be in for a treat tonight.

    Watch Bentley v Cash on BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm

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