Sunday, September 25, 2022

Returns for Josh Kelly, Denzel Bentley and boxing on Channel 5

Josh Kelly appears to get again to successful methods whereas Bentley hopes to rebound himself, writes Matt Bozeat

BOXING returns to Channel 5 on Friday evening when Wasserman promotes a present on the Indigo at O2 Enviornment that includes Sunderland slickster Josh ‘Fairly Boy’ Kelly.

For Kelly, the 10-rounder towards Xhuljo Vrenozi, 18-4 (3), is the 28-year-old’s first outing since he was mauled in six rounds by David Avanesyan in a problem for the European welterweight championship final February. Kelly had beforehand been held to a majority draw by Philadelphia southpaw Ray Robinson.

There’s the likelihood Kelly was pushed too far too quickly. “I used to be both going to sky rocket or fall at a hurdle,” Kelly admits. The Adam Sales space-trained Kelly has world-class expertise, however does he have the opposite substances wanted to turn into a world-class skilled?

There was discuss of matching Kelly with Sam Eggington, however as a substitute, within the first of his five-fight take care of Wasserman, he’s matched with Vrenozi, a 29-year-old from Albania who fights out of Italy.

The bout is billed as a super-welterweight contest. Kelly, who was massive at welter, could discover he’s simpler at 154. There have been whispers he was as heavy as 172lbs on the day of the Avanesyan battle.

British followers could keep in mind Vrenozi being stopped in three rounds by Linus Udofia at Wembley Enviornment final October. Vrenozi confirmed prepared with out ever making a lot of an impression on the Luton boxer.

Vrenozi has boxed as soon as since, outpointing Teodor Nikolov (5-43-4) on the York Corridor seven weeks in the past. Vrenozi had a superb newbie pedigree, representing Albania on the European Junior and World Youth championships, together with the European and World seniors.

He claims 119 wins from 130 newbie bouts and towards Udofia, he confirmed a robust lead hand, however typically jumped in with hooks and uppercuts, fairly than jabbing his manner in.

Udofia timed him with an uppercut to carry in regards to the stoppage and if Vrenozi jumps into Kelly, the end result is prone to be the identical.

Kelly could take just a few rounds to search out each his timing and his confidence following his first skilled defeat.

Although Avanesyan in the end proved too sturdy, Kelly had his moments towards him. He knocked the rock-chinned Armenian onto his heels with a left hook within the second, made him miss by inches just a few occasions within the third and landed some good photographs within the fourth as nicely.
Kelly was reduce over his proper eyebrow following a conflict of heads – and Avanesyan received on prime. Sales space threw the towel in after Kelly had been dropped for a second time in spherical 5.

We will’t envisage something unhealthy taking place to Kelly on Friday evening. Vrenozi has solely scored three stoppages and he’s been stopped 3 times himself. His come-forward model ought to go well with Kelly, who ought to win by midway.

The vacant British middleweight title is at stake when Luton’s Udofia, 17-0 (9) and Denzel Bentley, 15-1-1 (13), meet.

Bentley is a former holder of the belt. His five-month spell as champion was ended by Commonwealth champion Felix Money (13-0) – huge at 160lbs – final April.

Bentley, from Battersea and primarily based on the Peacock gymnasium in Epping, returned with a three-round stoppage of Sam Evans (10-1-1) and after Money vacated the British title fairly than face his obligatory and Danny Dignum pulled out, Bentley stepped in. This can be a good battle. Each are slick boxers who can punch.

Udofia is polished, presumably extra textbook than Bentley, who takes extra dangers defensively and is a pointy counter puncher. The Londoner is fast via the gears when the gaps seem, however typically, Bentley solely wants one punch.

Udofia regards Bentley’s right-hand counter as his greatest shot and that was the punch that introduced him the vacant British title in November, 2020.
Bentley had fought out a draw with Oldham’s Mark Heffron two months earlier and the return was throughout after 4 rounds.

Heffron had aimed a jab at Bentley’s physique within the second and taken a right-hand counter in reply that shut his left eye and compelled him to tug out.
The most effective nights of Udofia’s profession have are available in English-title fights. He outpointed Black County gatekeeper Tyler Denny (12-1-2) for the vacant belt in November, 2019 and stopped John Harding Jnr (8-1) in 9 in his first defence.

Udofia has strong jab, good ft and tight guard and has been sparring Money, so can have been studying about Bentley from him.

Udofia has been trying good, however hasn’t proved as a lot as Bentley and for that purpose, we go for the South Londoner to win a detailed one on factors.

Additional down the invoice, Harlem Eubank, 13-0 (5), ought to have an excessive amount of for 17-6-1 (3) veteran Sean “Masher” Dodd at super-lightweight, whereas Harlow prospect Brad Pauls, 15-0 (9), steps up towards Birmingham’s Ryan Kelly, 16-3 (8). Each are over 10 rounds.

The Verdict An excellent Channel 5 invoice.

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