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Benn blitzes to victory

PUBLISHED: 10:45 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:45 10 April 2016

Conor Benn hits out against Ivailo Boyanov on his professional debut (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Conor Benn hits out against Ivailo Boyanov on his professional debut (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

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Debutant lands first round knockout

Conor Benn walks away after forcing a first-round stoppage on his professional debut (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Conor Benn walks away after forcing a first-round stoppage on his professional debut (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Conor Benn began his professional boxing career with a bang as he recorded a first round knockout win at The O2 Arena last night.

Benn showed all of father Nigel’s trademarks as he fired in heavy shots from the first bell of his exciting future in the paid ranks.

And the 19-year-old made sure his first night would be a short one as he cornered Hungarian Ivailo Boyanov and handed him more punishment before the referee waved it off.

“It is unbelievable,” said Benn. “This is something that will stay with me until the day I die, it is an unbelievable reception I got.

Conor Benn celebrates with dad Nigel (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Conor Benn celebrates with dad Nigel (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

“I told you I am bringing the Team Benn vibes back and here it is, there is much more to come.

“The crowd have welcomed me and then it is me focusing on what I have got to do – get in there and do the damage.

“If I can fight in front of a crowd like this and just embrace it and perform the way I did, then let’s fight every month, as much as I can. I have to be three-times world champion, not two.”

Nigel Benn, who won world titles at middleweight and super-middleweight during his own glittering career, said: “My heart was going like the clappers. Now you can see what he has got in store – he is quality, he likes to fight just like me and he has the tools.

“I am proud that he will be working with Eddie Hearn, he couldn’t be with any better promoter. I can go back to Australia now – I am not coming back here anymore, I cannot take it anymore!

“He wants to be better than me and he is going to be better than me.”


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