Hamzah Sheeraz believes the mouth-watering domestic clash with British middleweight champion Denzel Bentley should be ‘easy to make’.

Bentley returned to the ring on Saturday night in emphatic fashion, knocking out Kieran Smith in just 45 seconds in his first outing since losing to Janibek Alimkhanuly last year.

Commonwealth middleweight champion Sheeraz was watching on at ringside and immediately called for a showdown with Bentley who is also promoted by Frank Warren.

Sheeraz told BT Sport: “Perfect, let’s do it. I was calling for it on Friday at the weigh-in. It would be a great fight and I want to prove I’m the best in the 160lb division both domestically and around the world.

“This makes for a great fight - that was a great performance from Denzel so let’s do it, let’s get it on. I expected him to do that [against Smith] and now he’s ready to go again and get in there.”

Sheeraz has not boxed since his second round stoppage win against River Wilson-Bent in November after undergoing surgery on his right hand.

But he is nearing full fitness again and is expected to box in the summer with a spot on the potential July 22 showdown between Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois most likely.

Should he come through unscathed, then he could face Bentley before the year is out.

He said: “We can only talk too much, right? This fight makes sense. I saw Frank Warren in an interview say that it would make sense for it to be an eliminator of some description, we are both highly rated so it should be easy to make. 

“I can’t stress it enough that I want to be the best in the division. The names that are ringing are myself and Denzel Bentley, it makes sense, I’m calling for it, so let’s make it happen.”