Is Felix Cash a legitimate middleweight contender?
Nowadays the middleweight division seems to be an afterthought, not because of the lack of quality fighters, merely because of the lack of big-time fights. When you glance at the rankings, you’re going to see the usual suspects: WBC champion Jermall Charlo, WBO champion Demetrius Andrade, WBA champion Ryota Murata and IBF champion Gennady Golovkin. Then you’re going to ask yourself, “why haven’t these men fought one another?”
Unfortunately, there’s no concrete or satisfying answers to those questions. Therefore, most times it’s chopped up as it’s the business side of things. However, as time moves forward, new threats emerge seeking to become world champion. Case in point, British middleweight champion Felix Cash (14-0, 10). A pro for only five years, the top ten rated middleweight contender is quickly making his way up the rankings. He currently is #9 in the WBO rankings and #14 in the IBF.
THE PATH TO GLORY
No, a title shot isn’t happening just quite yet. Still, he’s closing in on a shot at world title glory in the near future. Cash, a talented fighter, has shown that he has the power, style and fighter’s temperament to be a serious threat. In his last fight, he would impressively stop rival Denzel Bentley in three rounds in April. In that fight he displayed a penchant for landing his wicked and very accurate right-hand that had his adversary out on his feet after suffering four consecutive, unanswered shots before the referee had seen enough.
What also helps his case in his march towards a world title opportunity is that he is signed with powerful British promoter Eddie Hearn, who also happens to promote WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. Having fought and stopped fringe contender Jason Welborn in August of 2020 to win the CBC commonwealth middleweight title, he’s shown that he is willing to step up his competition. While Welborn may not be world class, he has shared the ring with former champions Jarrett Hurd and Liam Smith as well as former world title challengers Frankie Gavin and Matthew Macklin.
Standing 6’1 and only 28 years of age, Cash seems to have the size, power and skills to make things interesting for the champions in the division. Of course, that hinges on him continuing to not only win, but develop his skills and gain experience with each and every fight. He’s definitely a fighter that people should keep an eye on moving forward.
By: Jerrell Fletcher