Conor Benn is the headline act at The SSE Arena on November 21 when he puts his WBA Continental welterweight title on the line against Sebastian Formella. Can Benn prove he is a future Box Office star?
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Road To Conor Benn v Sebastian Formella
There has been talk since Conor Benn made his professional debut in 2016 that he would be a future star of this sport. He certainly is a very talented young fighter, but whether he belongs on the big stage is yet to be determined.
Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, will always have a target on his back due to his famous family name, but he is a good boxer in his own right. His camp have kept his feet on the ground, they are not rushing him to become the next big thing – although others seem to be pushing for that.
He has yet to be beaten in 16 bouts, with 11 of those victories coming by way of stoppage. He is going through his opponents one at a time, and eventually when he believes he is ready, he will take the bigger fights to show the world how far he has come.
This will be the first time he has headlined a major event, and he is only doing so because the Dillian Whyte versus Alexander Povetkin fight has been called off. Rather than postpone the event, Benn has been moved to the main event and he will be determined to show that this won’t be his last.
Formella is a six-year pro from Germany and is a former IBO welterweight champion. The 33-year-old won the belt with a unanimous points decision over Thulani Mbenge back in July last year.
This will be Formella’s 24th fight as a professional and he has only tasted defeat once, that was in his last bout when he took Shawn Porter the distance before losing to a unanimous decision with the American claiming the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title.
You could say that the Porter fight was a bigger deal than facing Benn, but in years to come he will be able to tell his friends and family that he shared a ring with Conor Benn. It might not look like a mouth-watering fight, but eventually it will be a foot note in the amazing career of ‘The Destroyer’.
Conor Benn v Sebastian Formella Predictions & Tips
It’s safe to say that this will be Conor Benn’s toughest fight, he is going up against a former world champion in Formella but I cannot see anything other than a convincing win for the British fighter.
Benn packs a powerful punch, it would be disappointing if he didn’t when you consider who is father is. He will be quicker, fitter and stronger than the German and Formella will do well to lay a glove on Benn.
Benn’s last two fights have ended in stoppages, first he stopped Jussi Koivula in June 2019, before ending Stephane Jamoye in the fourth round four months later.
The London fighter has only been taken the distance five times in his short career, and I don’t think we will witness number six on Saturday. I am backing ‘The Destroyer’ to turn it on at Wembley and he will back in the shower by the end of the sixth round.
Conor Benn v Sebastian Formella Tips: Fighter Predictions
Conor Benn: “I don’t worry about what he can do. It’s my trainer’s job to watch him. I don’t need him getting in my head. I don’t need to be thinking about what he can do — I know what I can do. Come fight night, I don’t think he’ll have firepower like me. He’s obviously coped with Shawn Porter but I’m going in there to make a statement. It’s a fight where I get to apply the pressure, enjoy it, and take the fight to him. Is he a massive step-up? Of course he is. But he hasn’t got anything that I need to worry about. He has nothing that I worry about at all. He may be awkward, he may be tricky, he may have ring-craft. But that’s what happened when people thought Jussi Koivula would do me. Too experienced? He got banged out. My career moves forward. Would I like the British and Commonwealth titles? Of course I would. Jenkins hasn’t got anything I’m worried about. Jenkins is an easier fight [than Formella]. I’ve had this from the get-go. The list goes on. I don’t have a response to everybody. I have better things to do than entertain your clout-chasing!”