An exciting rematch kickstarts a busy weekend of live boxing action and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse provides his best bets...
"Heffron has fought at the higher level but Bentley carries the power that will make him dangerous"
Score to settle
Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions brings fight fans a fascinating rematch on Friday night as Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley face-off to decide the vacant British middleweight title. The first meeting ended in a draw and if the decider is as exciting as that bout, followers are in for a treat.
This kick starts an action-packed weekend of live boxing with Heffron v Bentley followed by Katie Taylor's quickfire return to the ring before Kell Brook takes on Terence Crawford in Las Vegas. You'll find expert previews on each bout as well as a range of exciting betting markets at Betfair.
Heffron hoping to cut out mistakes
Oldham's Heffron brings a professional record detailing 25 wins against one defeat and that draw in a career that stretches back to 2010. The 28-year-old has claimed 19 of his victories inside the distance but was stopped once himself when beaten in 10 rounds by exciting Welshman Liam Williams for the Lonsdale belt two years ago.
Since suffering that loss, Heffron got his career back on track with four wins, the two most recent by stoppage, before fighting out that thrilling draw with Bentley at the York Hall in September. All three scorecards that night read 95-95, Heffron forced to drag himself off the canvas in round two to fight his way back into the contest.
That early knockdown cost Heffron victory last time and it's a mistake he won't want to make again in the rematch. The 5ft 11inch orthodox enters as the underdog with Betfair traders and there's odds of 11/10 available on him winning the title. The points verdict is 11/5 with the KO/TKO available at a decent 7/2 - prices taken from the Betfair Sportsbook.
Bentley brings a fearsome KO average
Londoner Bentley is unbeaten in a 14-fight career with 13 wins against one draw. Of his previous victories as a paid fighter, the 25-year-old has bagged 11 by way of knockout, resulting in a fearsome 78% KO average. He caught Heffron early last time and will believe he has the power and now the experience to do it again.
Denzel is part of a talented camp with Martin Bowers and is expected to arrive in peak physical condition, having benefited from excellent sparring and preparation. Win here and Bentley knows he could launch himself up the rankings towards the big money fights in what is becoming a fan-friendly middleweight division, including the likes of Felix Cash, Liam Williams and Danny Dignum.
Bentley is favourite in the fight winner market on the Betfair Sportsbook and backers can get their hands on odds of 8/11 for him to bag career win number 14. There's more to be had in the method of victory for those happy to take a chance. The KO/TKO for Bentley is 4/1 with the points win 13/10.
Bentley brings the power
Denzel is favourite for the win, but he'll know Heffron is no mere opponent. This should be an entertaining 12-round battle for the British title. The winner will move on to bigger and better things, leaving the beaten man to re-evaluate his career.
Heffron has fought at the higher level but Bentley carries the power that will make him dangerous throughout this contest and we're backing him for the stoppage win, a bet that will make this fight even more exciting.