We are heading into a big couple nights for fighters wearing Queensberry colours. This will hopefully end with the crowning a new WBO world midweight champion.
First, we are back at York Hall. Our prospects will take centrestage. Next, attention will shift towards Las Vegas and Denzel Bentley, who tries to dethrone Janibek Alimkhanuly, the feared world champion, and realize a dream.
This weekend will be a launchpad to an amazing run of fights and shows under the Queensberry banner, or involving our fighters.

After York Hall and Denzel’s Dream, next Friday we have our annual Debra charity dinner show with four of our young fighters performing on the card – including a debut for our new heavyweight, big Boma Brown – before, the following night, we return to Telford for a cracking European super bantamweight title fight between Liam Davies and Ionut Baluta on a card that will also see the return of Anthony Yarde to the ring ahead of his world title challenge in January.
The Saturday after we have got the bumper show at the 02 Arena headlined by the WBO Interim world super middleweight title fight between Zach Parker and John Ryder and four other big title fights on the card featuring Hamzah Sheeraz, Dennis McCann, Sam Noakes and Pierce O’Leary.
The week following, it’s Tyson Fury time in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he defends against Derek Chisora. Daniel Dubois will be supporting Dubois as he defends his WBA World title against Kevin Lerena.
The culmination of it all is that David Avanesyan faces Terence Crawford, a Omaha, Nebraska, great who is pound-for–pound.
Denzel. We know that he will be up against it against an avoid fighter, but we both know that Denzel has every chance to win. It will be a fight well worth staying up – or getting up – for.

I’ve always rated our Battersea boy and have the highest regard for him as a bloke. He is a pleasure to work with and a true professional who was eager to jump in the deep end from the beginning. He comes from a Peacock Gym team who wants to fight in real fights that provide for the public.
Although it can result in some losses, this approach will pay off more often than not. A competitive loss in a 50-50 fight should not be taken against you. It is how you lose that counts.
Part of my confidence over Denzel’s chances of causing an upset against the Kazakh comes from talking to his trainer and manager Martin Bowers. Martin knows his stuff, and is 100% certain Denzel will win, if he does everything right.
Martin has been studying Alimkhanuly since his amateur days. He knows exactly what his opponent is up to. I believe the key to success is to face fire with fire and not be bullied by a heavy-handed champion.
Alimkhanuly is a fighter known for his ability to put lights out. He often has his opponents beat before the first bell because survival instincts kick in. Denzel must not show any respect, as he was not called “The Battersea Banger” for nothing earlier in the course of his career.



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