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Benn excited to be back on big stage

PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 September 2016

Conor Benn with dad Nigel

Conor Benn with dad Nigel

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Youngster to feature on O2’s world title show

Conor Benn features on the undercard at the O2 Arena on Saturday, supporting three world title contests, and is looking forward to the night when he will be battling for global glory.

Benn appears on the Eddie Hearn promotion, which is headed by the clash of unbeaten world champions Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook, plus two more world title fights.

“The big shows at the O2 are great nights and Saturday should be really special,” said Benn, the son of Ilford’s legendary ‘Dark Destroyer’ Nigel.

“Dad was a two-weight world champion and if I continue my current progress after around 14 or 15 fights maybe I could be bidding for a world belt.”

The 19-year-old is unbeaten in three fights, pouring on the pressure in typical battling Benn fashion, and meets Croatian Silvije Kebet over four rounds on Saturday.

And he aims to launch a busy September in style, with another four-rounder on the next Hearn show at Manchester Arena in two weeks time on the cards if he comes through a winner this weekend.

Benn has been training hard at the Matchroom gym in Brentwood alongside stablemate Martin J. Ward, who bids for the vacant British super-featherweight belt against Barnsley’s Andy Townend at the O2 on Saturday.

Both are trained by east Londoner Tony Sims and Benn paid tribute to the coach, saying: “Tony Sims is a massive influence. He has changed me as a fighter from when I first came here.

“There are so many things he is teaching me that won’t always sink in immediately, but he drills me every day so it becomes habit.”

Lee Haskins v Stuart Hall and John Riel Casimero v Charlie Edwards are the other world title fights on the O2 bill, screened on Sky Sports Box Office, that also features Callum Smith, Kid Galahad, Gavin McDonnell, Craig Richards and Paul Smith.

*Local amateur club hopefuls launch their new campaign this month when entering the England Boxing Development championships for novice boxers.

Senior entries line up for the competition in Class A (under 10 bouts) and Class B (10-20 bouts) divisions, withsections for juniors and female entries also.

The championships get underway with the weigh-in and draw at the All Stars Boxing club, Harrow Road, west London on Saturday, September 17 when preliminary box-offs can take place.

The London semi finals take place the next day at York Hall, as part of a show being staged by England Boxing, and the London finals follow on Sunday, October 2 at the Five Star BC club in Harold Hill.


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