Conor Benn, son of British boxing legend Nigel, has decided to forgo an attempt at Olympic qualification in order to begin his professional career earlier than expected.
In April of this year, the “Dark Destroyer” Nigel Benn revealed to Sky Sports that Ricky Hatton was likely to train his teenage son in a bid to qualify for the Rio games next year.
According to worldboxingnews.net, however, those plans have changed.
The younger Benn, 18, informed the website of the alterations to his goals. “My dad and I have decided that it’s best to turn pro and slowly build into the style”, said the focused youngster.
Though Benn has yet to link up with the aforementioned Hatton in any official capacity, in recent days he has been spending a lot of time honing his craft in the gym with the Mancunian ex-fighter
The team is enthusiastic, but they have no plans to be hasty. The intention is for Benn to log a few more amateur bouts while he makes some adjustments. “I first have to get use to Ricky’s method of fighting and what he wants me to do”, said Conor.
Still, Benn expects to make the switch to the paid-ranks sometime next year.
This news is sure to be met with great excitement from British fight fans, as it brings about the possibility of Benn vs Eubank – the next generation.
It would be extremely premature to speculate about such a contest at this point. Benn has yet to make his pro-debut, while Chris Eubank Jr has already had 20 bouts, and is making a name for himself in the middleweight division. There is also a seven year age gap between the two.
Regardless of these facts, however, the prospect of this fight will be generating buzz from the second the first bell of young Benn’s career sounds.
Here is some footage of Conor Benn sparring….