• Dexter Hastings

Heaney Out Denny In for English Title



As Nathan Heaney is pulled from the highly anticipated and very lucrative English title fight against River Wilson-Bent a new opponent has been announced for the Coventry Midlands area champion.

Wilson-Bent will now be taking on a former Midlands area champion and a two-time English Middleweight title contender Tyler Denny. The fight will go to purse bids with Wilson-Bent's promoters Hennessy Sports being the front runners to air it live on Channel five.


Southpaw Denny (30) from Rowley Regis has an impressive record of 13 wins, 2 draws and two defeats and beat Tom Stokes on points to win the Middleweight Midlands area title in September of 2017. Denny has also challenge for the English title twice before being stopped in the eighth by Reece Cartwright after sustaining a very nasty cut to his lip and then losing on points to Linus Udofia on a Majority decision. Denny is coming off a fantastic win against the then-unbeaten Derrick Osaze on points in June of this year.


Wilson-Bent (27) is unbeaten in 9 contests with five of them coming via stoppage. Wilson-Bent won the Midlands Area Middleweight title in December of last year against Troy Coleman stopping him in the third round. He then went on to defend the title against George Farrell stopping him in the seventh round in May of this year.

There has not been a date announced yet and as it has gone to purse bids but the contest will be fought by the end of January 2022.


Dexter Thought’s

Gutted that Wilson-Bent and Heaney won’t be getting it on at the moment but that fight could well be for a bigger title in the future. Denny is a seasoned professional and will be a very tough challenge for the hot prospect Wilson-Bent of that I have no doubt. Denny has fought for this title twice before and has been unlucky both times and after his last victory against Derrick Osaze he will be looking to get his hands on this English title. Wilson-Bent is unbeaten and has passed every test that has been put in front of him. He has a massive fan base and if Hennessy Sports win the bids his Coventry support will take the roof off the Skydome in his hometown. I got to say I like both fighters and was there when Denny beat Tom Stokes to claim the Midlands area title in great style at Walsall town hall in 2017, but I have also watched River Wilson-Bent’s career flourish and have been very impressed with his progress. This has the potential to be a cracking fight and the Column will be there to report on it. I look forward to this great contest between two great fighters.