Conor Benn has an aggressive striking style remarkably similar to that of his father Nigel, but there are attributes that set the two apart.
In the 1990s, Nigel Benn was a staple of British boxing, winning the world title at middleweight and super middleweight and he became a fan favorite due to his epic duo of battles with Chris Eubank Sr.
Now his son Conor is following in his footsteps as he takes on Chris Eubank Jr in a legacy clash on October 8 at the O2 Arena in London.
Conor has yet to match his father’s accomplishments, never having had a shot at a world title, but he’s on the right trajectory, showing big improvements in his recent fights, beating former world champions. world and world title contenders.
Both father and son favor an “unrestricted” aggressive style in the ring and it shows in their knockout ratios, but one way they differ is in work ethic, according to Nigel.
“He trains like a gladiator,” Nigel told Matchroom Boxing.
“So focused. I’ve never seen that. It wasn’t in me, because I’d be out there partying in a way [and] burn the candle to another.
“But, Conor is completely different from me. Completely different.”
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That being said, a recent video posted to Matchroom Boxing’s Twitter account demonstrates Conor’s dedication, but also that he’s ready to have fun at camp.
It was his 26th birthday earlier this week and the video shows Nigel approaching his son in the ring with a cake, as he trains with former British and Commonwealth champion Felix Cash.
At first, Conor refuses the cake, saying, “I can’t eat this, I can, I’m 100%, mate.”
It was before planting the cake in the face of his father, while the room burst out laughing.