Conor Benn and the long shadow of his famous father

Conor Benn and the long shadow of his famous father

THE name matters. Without it a boxer who’d had a handful of
amateur contests in Australia wouldn’t have been ushered into a pro debut
immediately before Anthony Joshua’s first world title fight. Without it he
wouldn’t have had that kind opportunity, or the kind of scrutiny and criticism
that duly followed. Being Nigel Benn’s son and embarking on a career as a prizefighter
has been a wild ride. And the 22 year old is only 15 fights in.

“I was boxing in sheds, out in the sticks in Oz. Where we
have all the Huntsmen [spiders] and the funnel-web [spiders] and the brown
belly snake, the blue belly snake, all of them. So coming here and having my
first fight when I moved back to England, I’d had no amateur fights here, my
first fight was at the O2 Arena, right before AJ, so it was overwhelming. My
whole career’s like that. I have to pinch myself sometimes,” Conor Benn
reflected.

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