Bentley vs Cash: Felix Cash on the money as he wins British middleweight title

Cash now holds the Lonsdale belt after a ruthless performance over Denzel Bentley while Callum Johnson returned in emphatic style.

Felix Cash delivered a clinical performance to defeat Denzel Bentley and become British middleweight champion.

Opting for violence from the opening bell, the Tony Sims fighter dominated Bentley from the opening bell and after a flurry of five unanswered right hands, it was enough for referee Victor Loughlin to halt proceedings in round three.

Cash, who added the Lonsdale belt to his Commonwealth strap, admitted the Battle of Britain clash was more comfortable than expected.

Domestic foes Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams are on his radar alongside challenging for European honours.

Felix Cash won the Battle of Britain clash with a devastating performance and is now in line to challenge for the European title
Felix Cash won the Battle of Britain clash with a devastating performance and is now in line to challenge for the European title

Cash extends his unbeaten record to 14-0 and inflicts the first defeat of Battersea's Bentley's career (14-1-1).

"I could just walk through him and I caught him, and I finished the job," Cash told BT Sport.

"He wasn't as awkward as I thought he would be. When I looked on the video, he looked quite awkward. I thought he would take me six, seven rounds to pin him down.

"When I've got in there, I could hit him and after that, I just walked through him."

Johnson back with a bang

In the co-main event at York Hall, Callum Johnson returned in devastating fashion after 25 months out, knocking out Emil Markic inside two rounds.

"The One", who revealed his hopes of facing WBO world titlist Joe Smith Jr. later this year, punished his opponent in a fight considered as a two round 'shootout' by promoter Frank Warren.

"I was a little bit eager, but I wanted to get him out of there and I did," Johnson said.

Callum Johnson returned to the ring after 25 months out and knocked his opponent out in the second round
Callum Johnson returned to the ring after 25 months out and knocked his opponent out in the second round

"I'm just so pleased to be back and I am looking forward to watching the future brings with Frank.

"I'd jump in with Joe Smith [the WBO champion] next week, because I am after the world title fight.

But I'd like to be out again as soon as possible."

Heavyweight rematch demanded

David Adeleye was lucky to maintain his unbeaten record with a points victory over Kamil Sokolowski.

Referee Marcus McDonnell received heavy criticism after scoring the fight 58-57 in favour of the Londoner.

"If that was my fighter I'd say f*** you he's lost give the man respect he's won," Peter Fury said on Twitter.

"Adelaye will grow from this a lot and learn so much. These fights are what young prospects need as it's all false economy silver spooning them. But scores???"

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David Haye believes Adelaye should study tapes of Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes before having a rematch with the Polish slugger.

Elsewhere, George Davey, Henry Turner, Jamie Heneghan, Karol Itauma and Owen Cooper all picked up victories.

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