There was controversy in the second main event of a packed card at the Skydome arena Coventry on the Hennessy Sports show which was aired live on Channel 5 (13.11.9). Coventry’s River Wilson-Bent (27) was taking on BcB's Tyler Denny (30) for the vacant English middleweight title in a 10-round contest. Both fighters weighed in 11 stone 5 with Ian John Lewis refereeing the fight in this very heated match.
Wilson-Bent started the first round well using his jab well and getting some nice one-two’s off, Denny had some joy near the end but Wilson-Bent won the round. Great one, twos from Wilson-Bent at the start of the second, again Denny got some good shots off in the middle part of the round but Wilson-Bent finished the round stronger. Wilson-Bent’s jab was the key to him winning the third round with Denny some great shots off but all in singles, Wilson-Bent the clear winner. Great movement by both fighters in the fourth with Wilson-Bent winning the round with his jab.
Wilson-Bent worked well behind the jab in the fifth but Denny closed the gap well and got some good body shots in to win the round. Wilson-Bent started the sixth round well and rocked Denny with a cracking one, two, Denny returned fire with a vicious right and left that seemed to open a cut above Wilson-Bent’s left eye. The ref had the doctor have a look at it and said he could carry on, Denny then poured on the pressure to win the round. Less than a minute gone in the seventh the ref stopped the fight due to the cut above Wilson-Bent’s left eye and had deemed it a clash of heads. This meant that it had to go to the judges' scorecards.
John Latham scored it 67 to 67 draw, Shaun Messer had it 68 to 65 Wilson-Bent and Kevin Parker had it 67 to 66 Denny deeming the fight a technical draw.
I scored the fight 67 to 66 Wilson-Bent.
Firstly, what a great fight this was and it was a shame that it ended the way that it did. I have to be honest when Wilson-Bent sustained the cut above his eye I did think it was from a punch and was quite surprised when it was deemed a clash of heads as the ref did not say anything to the corners at the end of the sixth. On my card, I had Wilson-Bent just edging it but with that cut, if it had of carried on I think Denny would have came back into it. This was a very controversial decision and I think Wilson-Bent got a touch here but to me, that is not a bad thing. What it does mean is that these two warriors will have to do it all over again, and I can say now I can’t wait for that one. Hopefully, Wilson-Bent’s eye heals well and they can get it on again very soon.