MARK HEFFRON REVEALED that he would be more than open to a battle of the middleweight bangers against Denzel Bentley if there is a belt at stake.
Heffron moved to 24-1 on Saturday in Leeds with a first round stoppage of the usually durable Rui Manuel Pavanito and is now on a sequence of three straight victories since his only setback against Liam Williams in December of last year.
Bentley from Battersea is 11-0 and the heavy-handed 24-year-old is making quite a name for himself, blasting out Kelcie Ball inside a round last time out at the Royal Albert Hall in September.
Both men carry formidable punching power, with Heffron having stopped 18 of his 24 losing opponents, with Bentley’s KO-ratio standing at nine out of 11.
It would have all the makings of a fan-friendly war where something would have to give and Bentley, 24, has previously expressed willingness on his part to engage in what would be a mighty collision.
The 27-year-old Heffron shares those sentiments.
“Yeah I’ve seen that in an interview with him,” said the Oldham man. “He is a good operator and a good fighter – and it would be a top fight. I would definitely do it if there is a good title on the line and it makes sense. I would fight anybody.
“I want titles and want something that means something,” added Heffron who, ideally, would relish another crack at the British title.
Heffron secured himself mandatory position for the middleweight edition of the Lonsdale belt and was initially lined up to fight the then champion Jason Welborn in December. Welborn then relinquished the title and Heffron subsequently accepted an invitation to fight the already world-level Williams for the vacant title.
He has no regrets over taking such a big step up, even though it resulted in a punishing 10th round stoppage.
“I am not in this game to avoid anyone and when the fight got offered to me, I took it. I couldn’t not take the fight. You learn a lot from your mistakes and I learned a lot from that fight. I am ready to move on now.”
Denzel Bentley Wants To Make His Mark On Heffron
DENZEL BENTLEY has called for a domestic showdown against middleweight rival Mark Heffron.
Bentley (10-0, 8KOs) is happy to be pushed towards Heffron even though his rival has had 24 fights, with the only setback coming against Liam Williams in a British title challenge.
Bentley, 24, said: “I would love the Heffron fight. As long as the promoters are happy let’s make it.
“It will be a great fight. We’d put on something great for the fans and it would test us both.
“Whoever comes out on top moves forward and the loser takes a step back and rebuilds. He is perhaps a level above but if the call came I would take it right now.
“There is no reason why it couldn’t happen. We’re both with Frank Warren and that is a fight I look forward to happening. My team wouldn’t say, ‘no’.
“Apart from Liam Williams the domestic division is wide open. I don’t even think Liam is a middleweight unless that is where he’s staying.
“If he goes back down to super-welterweight it’s wide open. I look at the list every day and I believe I can beat them all.”
But Bentley isn’t overlooking his next opponent Ball, who on paper will be his toughest test since turning professional in October 2017.
Bentley added: “It’s a step up and he has a good record. Physically I’m in shape, but mentally I know I’m fighting a tougher opponent.
“I will show that these guys with good records go the same way as everybody else. I don’t think he is a bad fighter, but nothing special.
“I want to work through the best in Britain, but you can’t force people to fight. There is no reward for these guys because I’m just coming up.
“They are not avoiding me, just not considering me. When I do get my hands on a title a lot more will be calling my name.”