Pro Boxer River Wilson-Bent
River Wilson-Bent is a 25 year old professional boxer from Bedworth Coventry, the 6 foot 2 Middleweight fights in a orthodox stance and is unbeaten with two wins in his first two pro fights. River started boxing when he was 14 and had a amateur record of 57 fights with 37 wins. As an amateur he won the central area English Middleweight title and two Haringey box cup silvers at 69kg and 75kg.
Wilson-Bent fights out of Bulkington ABC and is trained by Brendan Norman and was inspired to take up boxing by one of his friends. River told me “one of my mates always asked me to do a session up the local boxing gym and when I did get off my ass and went I never looked back, I was hooked”.
My next question was, who is your favorite boxer and why?
River replied with “Roy Jones Jr, he was an amazing boxer in the pro's and amateurs he had it all speed, power and agility, very flashy boxer”. I then asked the talented fighter, what is the best fight you have seen? River told me “Any fight of Lomachenko, he always puts on a show his footwork is the best in the game, he is a entertaining fighter”.
My final question to River was, what has been your hardest fight? Wilson-Bent informed me “It would have to be Gabriel Dossen, he was number 1 in Ireland, a bronze world medalist and bronze European medalist, I boxed him in the Haringey box cup final, top lad one to watch out for”.
Rivers next fight will be in his home town of Coventry on the Tommy Owens show "Homecoming" on March 9th.
It was my pleasure to have seen both Rivers first two pro fights, in his first fight he stopped his opponent in quick time in front of a massive following from Coventry at the Tommy Owens Promotions show at Villa park in November of last year. He then went on and fort on the December show at Villa park where we got to see more of his boxing skills as Jordan Grannum took him the 4 round distance. River looked very impressive in this fight winning every round in front of another big following. Wilson-Bent has shown in his first two fights he has stopping power and that he has the skills to box as well. He has a massive following and I can see the young Coventry lad getting a good unbeaten record behind him and will be fighting for title in the next few years.