Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Boxing

I'm happy for my dad to take the back seat: Conor Benn

Published 06/04/2016

Conor Benn
Conor Benn

When Conor Benn makes his professional debut on Saturday at London's 02 Arena on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's IBF World heavyweight title bout with Charles Martin, he will be fighting for the first time in two years.

The 19-year-old won 20 of his 22 amateur fights in Australia and has been matched with the unremarkable Luke Keleher, having joined the Matchroom stable from where he will be trained by Tony Sims.

It is because of his father, Nigel - perhaps Britain's most exciting fighter during the 1990s - that he is so far known.

Benn has grown up outside of the UK, most recently in Sydney, where his father will continue to live, but he is familiar with travelling.

He said: "My amateur fights were in stables or bingo halls outside of Sydney, not like here where you have nice venues."

Asked if they were taking a different approach to the hands-on one witnessed in Chris Eubank Jnr's career - Nigel had a fierce rivalry with Eubank Snr while at his peak - Conor said: "He's not going to be ruling the cameras.

"All I need to know is my dad's going to be there (when needed). He wants it to be about me."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph