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Boxing: Benn ‘will be world champion’ says dad

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 April 2018

Conor and Nigel Benn celebrate (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside)

Conor and Nigel Benn celebrate (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside)

LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Former double world champion Nigel Benn saw son Conor score his 12th consecutive professional victory in Liverpool on Saturday.

Conor Benn in action against Chris Truman (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside) Conor Benn in action against Chris Truman (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside)

Benn blasted his way to a four-round win over Chris Truman, of Birmingham, who was outgunned from the start and caught by a stream of steady shots.

“He’s still learning, but he’s going to be a world champion, believe me,” said West Ham’s old Dark Destroyer, adding his praise for the work of trainer Tony Sims who coaches Benn jr at the Matchroom gym.

Solid left hooks and powerful uppercuts saw the Midlands’ fighter drop to the floor in the fourth round and referee Mark Lyson sensibly intervened.

Benn’s next outing could be a return of his clash with French rival Cedrick Peynaud last December at York Hall when the prospect had to recover from two first-round knockdowns to record a thrilling points win.

Conor Benn celebrates (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside) Conor Benn celebrates (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Ringside)

A trio of former West Ham BC amateurs – Sammy McNess, Charlie Duffield and Charlie Driscoll – get their latest paid action at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday night.

McNess looks to bounce back as a winner in his first contest since losing his undefeated record to Asinia Byfield, who stopped him in their Southern Area title meeting last July

Hard-hitting McNess had won his seven contests before that date and looks to relaunch his career under new coach Gary Logan.

Light-heavweight Duffield looks for his fifth win is six bouts when he appears on the bill that also features Siar Ozgul, Sean Creagh and Martin McDonagh.

Super-lightweight Driscoll makes a return to the Brentwood ring where he earlier scored two of his five straight ring victories.

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