There may be an in-built scepticism towards sons of well-known dads. They get judged very harshly.
It prevented my son Shane from pursuing a professional profession after success within the Irish amateurs.
I imagine he would have been a very good professional, however he felt he would solely ever be judged by means of the Barry McGuigan prism, which is unfair.
Conor Benn is coping with the identical factor. He’s not as large as his dad or as explosive. Nigel was extremely thrilling as a result of there was additionally a vulnerability about him.
There may be nothing extra compelling in all of sport than a fighter climbing off the deck to win, as Nigel did spectacularly towards Anthony Logan and Doug Dewitt.
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Conor had to try this himself towards Cedric Peynaud on the York Corridor three years in the past. He confirmed guts and spirit to show that round on an evening when issues simply didn’t go proper.
Studying the best way to cope when issues don’t go to plan is a crucial ceremony of passage for any boxer.
Benn has improved rather a lot since then and faces a strong examination of that progress towards Chris Algieri in Liverpool on Saturday.
Algieri has misplaced simply thrice, all to world class opponents, and stopped solely as soon as by Errol Spence. Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao had been each taken the space.
However he does go down, which at this stage of Benn’s growth makes him a really perfect opponent. He comes with an enormous repute and can give Benn good, instructional rounds.
Peter Simms is doing an important job with Benn in coaching. His dad Nigel is concerned as a mentor, which is essential.
What he wants now it ring time to construct high-quality expertise. If he blows Algieri away I will probably be very impressed.
Algieri is an attractive boxer, technically sound, strikes nicely with fast palms. And he’s a lot harder than he seems to be.
He’s additionally tall and upright, which is able to encourage Benn to get in shut and keep on prime of him. That’s his sport.
I’m undecided Conor has his outdated man’s energy however he’s thrilling to observe. I fancy him to win however the query is the place does he go subsequent?
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Between them Terence Crawford, arguably one of the best fighter on the planet, and Spence maintain three of the welterweight world titles.
Each are significantly past Benn’s expertise at this juncture. So it’s about taking every struggle because it comes and getting the job accomplished.
Benn remains to be solely 25. There may be loads of time to sharpen his craft, which is what he must do to be prepared when these large fights come alongside.
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