Denzel Bentley and Nathan Heaney face off in Manchester later this month as part of Queensberry’s ‘The Magnificent 7’ event.
Bentley is making the third defence of the British middleweight but will face a stern test against the unbeaten Heaney.
This clash will take place on Saturday 18th November as part of ‘The Magnificent 7’, a card featuring seven title contests with a number of fighters from Frank Warren’s Queensberry roster.
The event will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
The area has held a number of boxing events over the years and the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Amir Khan and local hero Ricky Hatton have all appeared at the venue, while recently it has become a bit of a home for crossover boxing and the Misfits event featuring Tommy Fury vs KSI and Logan Paul vs Dillon Danis took place at the arena.
The fight will be broadcast by TNT Sports in the UK. Full details are yet to be confirmed.
Yes. Bentley is making the third defence of the British middleweight title and the WBA Continental championship belt is also up for grabs.
Denzel Bentley has an 18-2-1 record and 15 of his 18 victories have come inside the distance.
The 28-year-old is a one-time world title challenger as he faced Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for the WBO middleweight title in November 2022, losing via unanimous decision.
Bentley made his debut in October 2017 and made a statement with a first-round knockout victory over Casey Blair. He won his first three fights inside the first round and won eight of his first nine bouts by stoppage.
The Londoner didn’t come up against an opponent with a winning record until his 11th fight when he claimed a first-round TKO victory over Kelcie Ball.
Bentley’s perfect record came to an end in September 2020 as he drew with Mark Heffron in a 10-round contest, but two months later he did manage to overcome Heffron in four rounds to claim the British title.
Felix Cash inflicted a first defeat on Bentley in his next bout as he was stopped in the third round. That defeat saw him lose the British middleweight title but he reclaimed the belt in May 2022 by ending Linus Udofia’s unbeaten record.
Bentley then stopped Marcus Morrison in the fourth round before he fell short in his world title bid against Alimkhanuly, and he was last in action in April as he claimed a sensational first-round KO win over Kieran Smith.
Nathan Heaney has a perfect record with 17 wins in as many fights, six of which have come inside the distance.
The 34-year-old made his debut in 2017 with a points win over Darryl Sharp and claimed his first title in his seventh bout, beating Tom Stokes to claim the British Midlands Arena middleweight title.
The ‘Hitman’ picked up the vacant IBO Continental super middle title in 2020 with a win over Christian Schembri and in 2021 he won the middleweight version of that belt with a seventh-round win over Sladan Janjanin.
In 2022, Heaney responded to being knocked down in the first round by Diego Ramirez as he got off the canvas and went on to claim a unanimous decision victory.
The Stoke-native’s last two fights have both been against Jack Flatley. In the first meeting Heaney was awarded a technical decision win as the contest was halted in the fifth round and he went on to rubber-stamp that result by beating Flatley by unanimous decision in March 2023.