Welterweight prospect Conor Benn picked up one of the best Wins of his professional career, an impressive 10 round unanimous decision win over Sebastian Formella at the SSE Arena on Saturday night.
The son of Boxing Legend Nigel Benn, Conor was able to control the 147 pound fight with Poise, an incredible boxing IQ and power on his spiteful punches as he dominated the 10 round fight.
Formella had only lost ones in his career and that was against two time world champion Shawn Porter. The one sided win for Benn will definitely set him up a better recognition and go ahead to maintain his status as one of the best British welterweight prospects at the moment.
At the end of the day, Benn retained his WBA continental belt but that was all built around his intent, which he showed early in the fight. Benn started the first round with Poise and power landing sharp and powerful punches, stiff Jabs to the body and thudding punches.
The power from Benn was a problem for Formella in the opening round and by the end of the second round, Formella was already ruffled having been at the end of a big left hook and a stiff right hand. Benn ensured his opponent was battered at every opportunity, even when they fought at close range.
By the fifth round, there was no argument this was one of the best performances of his professional career as he was able to diversify, opting in and out of his brawling fight style, which had gone along way in making him a fan favourite.
Formella was able to get back into the fight, out-worked Benn in the sixth and seventh round of the fight but never really had been in a serious danger. Benn took over in the eight, working him down with power and forcing him to fight on the back-foot.
Benn landed two big uppercuts in the night and with both snapped Formella’s head backwards. Then, connected a big right hand that wobbled his legs. Benn went for the Knockout but was unable as Formella held on.
Benn has now been forced to go the distance a second time in his professional career and that was enough to retain his WBA continental welterweight title. The win proved his record to 17-0 with scores of 100-91, 99-91, 99-92 from the Judges. The should definitely improve his position increase from No. 15th on the WBA Rankings.
Benn looks to become the next big British name in the welterweight division as Kell Brook and Amir Khan seem to be at the end of their respective careers. The win ends an emotional week for Benn, who was vocal about the sacrifices, he has been putting in to make sure his dream comes true in a very deep welterweight division.