Friday Fight Night: Bentley batters Morrison in title defence, Zorro passes Spelman gutcheck and more

Denzel Bentley punches Marcus Morrison during the British Middleweight Title fight between Denzel Bentley and Marcus Morrison at York Hall on...

Denzel Bentley retained his British middleweight title with a fourth-round TKO win over Marcus Morrison to cap Frank Warren’s latest Queensberry card, one featuring multiple finishes. Super-featherweight prospect Royston Barney Smith was among them, after Brayan Mairena inflicted Frank Arnold’s first career defeat. Dec Spelman put unbeaten cruiserweight Ellis Zorro through a firefight, while there was an aftershow update on the state of play atop light-heavyweight.
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Buatsi, Pascal agree IBF invitation to enter talks for final LHW title eliminator bout

Joshua Buatsi celebrates victory against Craig Richards in the WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title Eliminator at The O2, London. Picture date: Saturday...

Unbeaten mandatory challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will face WBA champion Dmitry Bivol next, so it seems. Joshua Buatsi, whose world title ambitions were solidified after beating Craig Richards, agreed to enter talks for a sanctioned IBF final eliminator against Jean Pascal for one of the three light-heavyweight titles currently owned by Bivol’s compatriot Artur Beterbiev.
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Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry

Artur Beterbiev celebrates after defeating Joe Smith Jr, during their WBC,IBF and WBO light heavyweight Championship fight, at The Hulu Theater at...

This was billed as a clash of two heavy-handed champions, yet it was the boogeyman at 175lbs who raced to score four knockdowns en route to maintaining his unblemished record (18-0, 18 KOs). For all the talk surrounding Anthony Yarde’s WBO mandatory status for another world title shot, it’s increasingly difficult to see the powerful Brit overcome this test later this year. 
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Brilliant Bivol breaks down Canelo en route to UD win, retains WBA light-heavyweight title

Dmitry Bivol throws a left at Canelo Alvarez in the fifth round of their WBA light heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 07, 2022 in Las...

The tagline for this event – legacy is earned – couldn’t be more apt. WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol produced a career-best showing and justified the pre-fight caution with a UD win over undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez, throwing a spanner in the Mexican’s future plans by boxing with deadly discipline to inflict his second pro defeat.
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