Photos: Conor Benn Wins a Wild War To Keep Record Intact

By Elliot Foster, photo by Lawrence Lustig

Conor Benn came through hell and high water to keep hold of his unbeaten record.

The 21-year-old was knocked down twice in the opening round of six scheduled by Cedric Peynaud and it looked for all the world like he would lose his unblemished ledger.

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But towards the back end of the fight, which was just a six rounder and Benn’s fifth of the year despite the fact he had the first half of the year off to recover from an injury, ‘The Destroyer’ rallied and was given the fight, on an average night, by a margin of 57 points to 54 by referee Bob Williams.

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Benn went into the fight, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on the back of a dazzling US debut back in November on the Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias undercard.

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And he went from dazzling to flat in the space of just over a month, producing one of the worst displays of his career to date against the Frenchman, who quite clearly came over to cause the upset.

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It was heart and guts, as well as what many believe to be the last knockdown, which got Benn the decision on a very questionable scorecard.

But he has vowed to return bigger and better in the New Year, despite being heralded as one of the most improved fighters of this year.

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"It was a massive learning experience, but I'll come back from it and learn from it," he told Sky Sports afterwards.

"The only thing I showed in that fight is that I have heart and that I'll learn from this, I'm only young.

"I think I dealt with it alright. You cannot test heart, you've either got it, or you've not and I proved that I’ve definitely got it.

“I felt good in there in myself but I know I’ve got improvements to make and I will make them with [my coach] Tony [Sims] before I come back in 2018."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SthPaw on 12-14-2017

What can we expect from a young guy with a serious experience void. Yes he’s in a section of his career where you are ‘supposed’ to rack up some obvious wins and so shouldn’t be going through fire so early…

Comment by Corelone on 12-14-2017

That was a bad call. I was beginning to like Conner going on the road doing things right, but now, not so much. It was ,hometown gift. I hate to see other guys getting shafted to protect the homey's zero.

Comment by Sparked_26 on 12-14-2017

The fight was a great tear up. And I do think there should be a rematch. The lad he fought was what 5-4 going in but could obviously handle himself. So Connor has got to see if he can separate…

Comment by Ray* on 12-14-2017

That boy had heart! For someone that has never fought before as an amateur I wouldn’t mind if he goes the 35-0 bum route, last night I thought he was done in the first round, but he fought purely on…

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 12-14-2017

Going to be a fair few years before we see his potential. Heard he had zero boxing experience before turning pro.

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