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Linus Udofia v Denzel Bentley: Londoner to delight his fans with a vital win

Boxing returns to Channel 5 and Betfair‘s Frankie Monkhouse gives his best bet on the main event…

“Udofia is unbeaten and a real prospect, but Bentley has fought at a higher level, and that experience will make the difference.”

Linus Udofia v Denzel Bentley
Friday, 22:00
Live on Channel 5

Lonsdale title decider

Lovers of domestic boxing on terrestrial TV have a treat on Friday as Linus Udofia and Denzel Bentley clash for the British middleweight title.

Some household names over the years have held the Lonsdale strap, but it’s vacant at present. Which of the two ambitious young fighters will shine at The O2 in Greenwich, setting up a huge year in their career?

You can watch the best bouts from this card promoted by Nisse Sauerland on Channel Five and place your bets on the main event and undercard at Betfair.

Udofia is unbeaten

Udofia brings a perfect 17-fight record into this contest but knows he faces the biggest test of his career when trying to leap to championship level. The 28-year-old was born in Nigeria but is now based in Luton, where he is settled and enjoying his career as a prizefighter.

Linus is currently ranked 11th in the UK at middleweight and 74th globally, but that will change if he can take possession of the British title.

He won the English title in 2019 when scoring a majority decision win over Tyler Denny at the York Hall in Benthal Green, then successfully defended it when stopping John Harding Jr in Milton Keynes. That was a bout he was favourite to win but deserves credit for the manner in which he claimed the victory.

He was last seen in action beating Albania’s Xhuljo Vrenozi inside three rounds at Wembley Arena on the undercard of David Avanesyan v Liam Taylor. Udofia is expected to be competitive again here, and backers will find him trading at 2.01/1 for victory on the Betfair Sportsbook.

Another KO/TKO is 3.55/2 with a points verdict 4.3310/3.

Bentley is on the comeback trail

Londoner Bentley travels across the city to the O2 Arena, desperate to continue along the comeback trail. The 27-year-old from Battersea will enjoy the bulk of the support inside the former millennium dome and believes he has the skills and strength to give his loyal fanbase something to cheer about.

Denzel’s record ahead of this bout reads 15 wins against one defeat and a draw, with 13 wins coming by way of knockout and the one loss on his CV inside the distance. He was beaten in round three by Felix Cash for British and Commonwealth titles at the York Hall last year, blown away early by an opponent destined for bigger and better things.

Since that loss to Cash, we have seen Bentley in action only once, responding with a third round TKO of his own over Sam Evans in Birmingham in November. The pre-fight betting offers a win for Bentley at 1.834/5 with a 14th KO/TKO 3.185/40, and points win 43/1.

Back Bentley’s experience

The odds really couldn’t be any closer for this bout, and that’s unsurprising with two young, ambitious and talented fighters contesting one of the most sought-after belts in world boxing. Udofia is unbeaten and a real prospect, but Bentley has fought at a higher level, and that experience will make the difference.

He is the harder hitter, and his 77% KO average shows that. We’re happy to target a profit by backing him to win the fight, but those after more can play the knockout.