Boxing: Conor Benn to return to action in Liverpool in April
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 January 2018
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Ilford youngster to fight on undercard of clash between Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco at Echo Arena on April 21
Ilford’s Conor Benn will be back in action on the undercard of Amir Khan’s return to the ring at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 21, live on Sky Sports.
Benn’s last action was an incredible six-round roller-coaster against Cedrick Peynaud at York Hall in December.
The 21-year-old hit the canvas twice in the opening round, before flooring the Frenchman in the fifth and sixth rounds to edge an east London classic.
‘The Destroyer’ fights on Merseyside for the first time in the paid ranks as he aims to get to 12-0, and Benn is excited to show the improvements he’s made since that electric night in Bethnal Green.
“The fans enjoyed my last fight, but that’s not the way I should’ve been fighting,” said Benn.
“I got the win and showed heart to come back from the first round.
“The support in York Hall was amazing and it really drove me on.
“I’m 21 and I’ve come into the game as a kid, but I’ve been tested a couple of times already.
“This is a tough, tough sport and I was scared that I was going to lose, but it says a lot about me that I came back and won.
“I know I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m working hard in the gym with Tony Sims and I’m looking forward to showing improvements on my debut in Liverpool, a city that loves it’s boxing — I can’t wait.”
Benn’s return is part of a huge night of action in Liverpool as Khan fights for the first time since May 2016 against Canadian Phil Lo Greco.
Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth Lightweight title against Tommy Coyle, and former Team GB Olympians Natasha Jonas and Anthony Fowler and unbeaten Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald are all in action.
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 VIP and go on on general sale at midday on January 31 at www.echoarena.com and on 0344 8000 400.
Benn will hope to make his first fight in Liverpool a memorable one when he takes to the ring in April.