Bentley vs Morrison: Battersea’s British Champion Makes Maiden Title Defence At Historic York Hall
BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION Denzel Bentley will defend his title against Marcus Morrison at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on this Friday, September 16, live on BT Sport.
Battersea man Bentley (16-1-1, 13 KOs) seized back his treasured Lonsdale belt when he beat the previously undefeated Linus Udofia back in May, having lost his title-holding status against Felix Cash just over a year before.
Bentley, 27, is now revved up and ready to go again against the 29-year-old Morrison (24-5, 16 KOs), who is back at middleweight after trying his luck at 168lbs in a challenge for the WBO International title held by Zach Parker in November of last year.
Morrison’s career reignited with the stunning knockout of Emanuele Blandamura in 2019 to win the WBC International Silver title and, two wins later, he accepted the challenge of taking on Chris Eubank jr and was defeated on points over 10 rounds.
Bentley vs Morrison Undercard
Zorro (14-0, 6 KOs), 29, kickstarted his cruiserweight mission by teaming up with the team at the Peacock Gym in Epping and, in May, threw his name into the hat for the Boxxer Series up in Manchester, leading to triumphs over James Farrell and the unbeaten pair of Jamie Smith and Ricky Reeves.
His tournament success resulted in being signed up by Frank Warren and his Queensberry journey begins over eight rounds against former English light heavyweight champion Spelman (18-5, 9 KOs), who has moved up to cruiserweight after taking on both Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde at 175lbs.
Also featuring at York Hall is teenage prodigy Royston Barney-Smith (2-0) taking on Birmingham’s Paul Holt (8-14, 2 KOs) over six rounds in his third professional fight at super featherweight. Masoud Abdulah (10-0, 4 KOs) faces journeymen Stefan Nicolae in a quick turnaround after a tough learning fight in London in July.
Hackney super featherweight Frank Arnold (9-0-1, 3 KOs) will fight over eight rounds, Buckhurst Hill super bantam Adan Mohamed (4-0, 1 KO) and welterweight Khalid Ali (3-0, 2 KOs) from Brick Lane in London will fight in six contests, with Belvedere cruiserweight Arnold Obodai (1-0, 1 KO) and the debut-making super middleweight Joel Kodua from Beckinham fighting in four-rounders.
Bentley vs Morrison – Start Times, UK TV, Main Event Ringwalk Time
The Bentley vs Morrison non-televised action will get underway at 6:30 PM BST (1:30 pm ET, 10:30 am PT) to fans in attendance (follow me on Twitter for live updates).
The main card begins thiry minutes later at 7:00 PM BST (2:00 pm ET, 11:00 am PT) live on BT Sport 1.
Bentley Morrison main event ring walks are expected to occur at approximately 10:15 pm BST (5:30 pm ET, 2:30 PT).
Bentley vs Morrison Running Order, Weigh In Results
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
Joel Kodua 157.3lbs
Joe Hardy 159.8lbs
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6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-bantamweight Contest
Adan Mohamed 120.8lbs
Reiss Taylor 117lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-featherweight Contest
Masoud Abdullah 129.9lbs
Stefan Nicolae 128.4lbs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
Arnold Obodai 203lbs
Pawel Strykowski 198.5lbs
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-featherweight Contest
Frank Arnold 133.2lbs
Brayan Mairena 134.3lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Khalid Ali 150.7lbs
Dario Barosa 149.5lbs
8 X 3 Minute International Cruiserweight Contest
Ellis Zorro 199.3lbs
Dec Spelman 201.5lbs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-featherweight Contest
Royston Barney Smith 140.2lbs
Paul Holt (Weigh-in tomorrow)
The British Middleweight Championship 12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 160 Lbs
Denzel Bentley 158.9lbs
Marcus Morrison 159.7lbs
Multiple Queensberry Promotions’ Press Releases Were Used In This Article
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