Wasserman Boxing presents a twelve-round British title scrap in the middleweight division this Friday night as Linus Udofia (17-0-0) takes on Denzel Bentley (15-1-1) for the vacant Lord Lonsdale belt at Indigo at the O2 this Friday. The card also sees the return of Josh Kelly as the Sunderland man enters a professional ring for the first time since his defeat to David Avanesyan inside six rounds last February. Harlem Eubank also faces Sean Dodd over ten rounds at 140lbs.

The undefeated Udofia steps up to twelve rounds for the first time in his career so far against an experienced Bentley who previously held the British strap before Felix Cash tore it away from him with a third-round stoppage victory just over a year ago. The twenty-seven-year-old Bentley returned seven months later, stopping Sam Evans inside three to setup another run at domestic honours. Udofia meanwhile will hope to continue the momentum he has already built up so far as he himself looks to clean up domestically at 160lbs.

The aforementioned Josh Kelly (10-1-1) makes his thirteenth appearance in the pro ranks, facing off against Albania’s Xhuljo Vrenozi (18-4-0) over ten rounds. The defeat to Avanesyan last year, which had the European title on the line, was the first of the Rio 2016 Olympian’s career and resulted in a parting of ways between Kelly and former promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. ‘Pretty Boy’ has since teamed up with the Sauerland brothers and Wasserman as he gears up for a second run at the welterweight division, and will be hoping for a comfortable win against Vrenozi before moving on to bigger challenges in the future.

HANDOUT PICTURE COMPLIMENTS OF MATCHROOM BOXING David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly, European Welterweight Title 20 February 2021 Picture By Mark Robinson The fighters embrace after their contest.

Harlem Eubank (13-0-0) is also slated to clash with the experienced Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd (17-6-1) over ten rounds as the former continues his professional development at super-lightweight. Eubank forced Viorel Simion to retire after five rounds last time out in February and promoter Kalle Sauerland has teased big plans for the twenty-eight-year-old in the near future, providing he can find his way past the likeable Dodd on Friday.

Further down the card, Brad Pauls (15-0-0) seeks to maintain his undefeated record against Ryan Kelly (16-3-0) at middleweight over ten rounds, and former WBC super-featherweight champion Katharina Thanderz (13-1-0) faces off versus the Czech Republic’s Tereza Dvorakova (4-6-0) at 130lbs. Welterweight Constantin Ursu (4-0-0) will also run out again, the opponent yet to be confirmed, and flyweight Harvey Horn (9-1-0) returns following his first professional defeat to Fadhili Majiha in November.

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