Conor Benn EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua is still standout heavyweight, Tyson Fury beats most fighters out there

17 Jul

Conor Benn has exclusively told talkSPORT that he still believes Anthony Joshua is the standout fighter in the heavyweight division.

The Brit was dethroned of his unified WBA, IBF and WBO belts last month as Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world by knocking him out in seven rounds.

Conor Benn impressed by beating Jussi Koivula last time out

Joshua has declared his intention to immediately rematch the new champion, and Benn believes he will right the wrong second time around.

When asked who stands out among the big boys, Benn told talkSPORT H&J: “You’d say AJ.

“Definitely, he’ll come back better and stronger than this I believe.”

Joshua and Ruiz Jr will renew acquaintances

Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and ‘lineal’ champion Tyson Fury are lined up for a rematch early next year.

As things stand, many think the ‘Gypsy King’ sits upon the heavyweight throne after seemingly outboxing the ‘Bronze Bomber’ for the majority of their controversial draw last year.

Despite being knocked down twice, many felt Fury outboxed Wilder
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Despite this, Benn stuck to his guns and added: “I like Tyson Fury, I think he’d beat most heavyweights now due to his awkward style.

“But if you’re asking me my personal opinion, I’d say AJ.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Conor Benn does hilarious impression of dad Nigel Benn after dramatic knockout win over Jussi Koivula

22 Jun

Conor Benn entertained fans both inside and outside of the ring on Friday night at York Hall.

The young, welterweight prospect moved to 15-0 with an impressive knockout win over Jussi Koivula and then proceeded to impersonate his famous father Nigel Benn in the post-fight interview.

Conor Benn handled the pressure of headlining a show for the first time

Conor endured a difficult first round against the experienced Koivula, as the Brit looked rather vulnerable and extremely hittable early on.

However, in the second the fight became an entirely different story and Benn blasted his opponent to the canvas twice before stopping him on his feet.

It was arguably the best performance of his fledgling career so far.

After the bout, the elated 22-year-old sat ringside and expressed his delight at scoring the stoppage.

He said he was particularly pleased because it meant his dad Nigel – a former two-weight world champion and British boxing legend – would be unable to critique him too much afterwards.

You can watch the video of the knockout and funny impression above.

Deontay Wilder: Conor Benn says American should be CHARGED BY POLICE over murderous Dominic Breazeale talk

17 May

Rising British welterweight Conor Benn has told talkSPORT that Deontay Wilder should face police charges for suggesting he could ‘kill’ Dominic Breazeale.

The WBC heavyweight champion will defend his title against fellow countryman and bitter rival Breazeale on Saturday night, and has shocked the boxing world with his pre-fight comments.

Conor Benn is now 14-0 (9 KOs)

Wilder initially stated he wants a ‘body’ on his record during a media day in which he also pointed out that boxing ‘is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.’

He concluded: “It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”

After hearing this, Benn told Jim White on talkSPORT: “To kill a man, to go into a fight with that mentality, he should be charged. There’s obviously something not right there.

“Even if he is just building the fight, even he’s just really hyping the fight, what happens if he does get put in a coma?

“Well then, he should be charged.”

Deontay Wilder made serious threats about Dominic Breazeale
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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced on Thursday that their heavyweight champion will now face a hearing to explain his comments, which he branded ‘completely against the spirit of our sport.’

When asked if he thought Wilder should be stripped of his belt, Benn continued: “More than that. You’re going in there intentionally to kill someone? Why should that be legal?

“No, we go into the ring to show we are better class, better skilled and a better fighter all round.

“Not going in there to really try and hurt someone. I couldn’t think of anything worse…

Conor Benn was disgusted by Wilder’s comments

“He’s just coming out with, ‘I’m gonna kill the man and it’s legal.’

“Nah, that’s horrible. That’s horrendous, spiteful and evil. There’s no room for that in this sport. It’s a gentleman’s sport.”

Sadly, the Benn family have first-hand experience with boxing tragedies.

When Conor’s father, Nigel, knocked out Gerald McClellan in 1995, the American collapsed in his corner and suffered a blood clot on the brain.

He survived, but is today almost completely blind and mainly uses a wheelchair to move.

Nigel Benn vs Gerald McClellan ended in tragic circumstances

Benn concluded: “Even if he is just saying it to build the fight, what if it does happen?

“I pray to God that nothing does happen because I don’t know if maybe Deontay could live with that.

“Because I’ve seen my Dad struggle with what he done to McClellan. You see that and it’s horrendous…

“My Dad’s not the same man he was back then. Now he’s got a lot more soft-hearted.”

Since making the initial comments, Wilder has doubled down on his remarks and stated that he would be willing to pay for Breazeale’s funeral.

Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne result: ‘White Rhino’ knocks out former champion with beautiful third-round body shot

21 Apr

Dave Allen achieved a career best win by knocking out Lucas Browne in three rounds on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

The popular heavyweight endured a tough opening six minutes before planting home a peach of a left hook to the former WBA ‘regular’ champion’s liver, leaving him crumbled on the canvas.

Dave Allen won by third-round KO

The first round was a positive session from both men.

Browne appeared to have the more success, finding a consistent home for his jab, which surprised some observers.

In his last fight, the Australian struggled to beat tough journeyman Kamil Sokolowski and many thought he was finished.

Lucas Browne started the fight well

However, by the second he looked well in control, landing multiple uppercuts on a nervous Allen.

As the third round began, the ‘White Rhino’ kicked into life and smashed home a violent uppercut of his own, appearing to break ‘Big Daddy’s’ nose.

Dave Allen then slipped a return shot and found an exceptional left hook, drilling it into his opponent’s body.

There was no getting up for Lucas Browne, meaning that an ecstatic Allen could celebrate wildly with Darren Barker, Eddie Hearn and the rest of his team.

Darren Barker celebrated with Dave Allen after the win

In his post fight interview, the Doncaster man explained: “Main eventing is one thing, but I needed to win, I had to win.

“I’ve won now, I’ve beaten a former heavyweight champion at the O2, I want more now.

“He’s not what he was obviously, but it’s a very good win.

“The left hook to the body was beautiful. I was fit, I could do 12 rounds.

Anthony Joshua was planning to make his US debut against Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York

“He’s a very good boxer, it’s underrated his boxing skill, but I knew he’d slow down.

“If I can get you to my pace, I’ll beat you.

“I’m unbeatable at a snail’s pace.”

When asked who he wants next, Allen joked: “Being realistic, I’d like Anthony Joshua on June 1.”

He then replied: “David Price, Dereck Chisora, anyone at all.”

On the undercard, Dereck Chisora beat Senad Gashi on points in a lacklustre affair.

There was also wins earlier in the night for Joe Cordina, Josh Kelly and Conor Benn.

Eubank vs Benn? Harlem Eubank calls out Conor Benn to reignite old boxing rivalries

5 Feb

Harlem Eubank has stated his willingness to recreate British boxing’s past glory days by fighting Conor Benn in 2019.

Eubank, nephew of Chris Sr, wants to face Benn, who is the son of Nigel, to reignite the old rivalry between their families that captivated the country in the 1990s.

Conor Benn is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
Harlem Eubank has fought on a couple of Matchroom shows before

Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn fought twice – in 1990 and 1993 – with the rematch watched on TV by over 17 million people in the UK.

Eubank knocked Benn out first time around while their second bout was scored a draw despite many believing Benn had done enough to avenge his loss.

Now, their descendants are starting to rise up through the ranks and plan on making history themselves.

Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared the ring for two epic battles in the ’90s

Welterweight prospect Harlem Eubank (7-0, 2 KOs) fights out of renowned trainer Adam Booth’s gym, prompting the coach to post a split image of him with fellow welterweight prospect Conor Benn (13-0, 10 KOs) on social media this week.

Booth wrote: “Harlem Eubank vs Conor Benn. Eubank vs Benn.”

Harlem quoted the tweet and added: “Happily. Conor Benn, let’s dance!”

A bout between the pair would undoubtedly generate mass publicity, despite the fact both fighters are relative novices in the professional ranks.