Denzel Bentley is on target to fight for a title sooner rather than later after securing his 11th inside-the-distance win.
The 25-year-old was set for a 10-round clash on Saturday night at the BT Sport Studios.
Bentley, from Battersea, was matched against former WBA International middleweight title challenger Mick Hall in Stratford, London.
The first few rounds of the clash were going well for ‘2 Sharp’, who is trained in the Peacock Gym, but Hall got back into it in the fifth.
Hall, who slipped to 15-3 with two quick, was just overwhelmed after having a good round and Bentley got the better of him.
The opponent’s right eye was closing at the end of round six when the referee Steve Gray accepted the retirement of the 34-year-old Preston man.
As a result, Bentley, who took a knee prior to entering the ring in honour of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, moved to 13-0 and he is now gunning for a shot at the British title and even a clash with former British middleweight title challenger Mark Heffron.
“It was nowhere near my best performance, but I thought I performed well and I thought the referee could have stopped it a few times,” he said afterwards. “I felt like I rushed my work in there and let him hit me with a few silly shots. I was expecting to go the distance but I knew that if I could stop him it could make a statement.”
The aforementioned Heffron is understood to have been watching the fight in anticipation of a clash with Bentley.
And the man of Ghanaian parentage knows his display against Hall will have enticed Heffron, and others, to pick up the phone.
“He’ll be licking his lips and will probably want the fight now,” he added. “That performance may open a few doors for opponents who feel like they’ve found a few holes, but I’ll pick up my work differently when I’m fighting them and it will be the same results.”