Conor Benn’s coming of age – Boxing Information


Conor Benn is slowly however certainly proving himself to be a high fighter in his personal proper. Vargas seems like the proper match at this stage, writes Matt Bozeat

RISING welterweight Conor Benn can put himself in good firm when he meets Samuel Vargas over 10 rounds on Matchroom’s present on Saturday night time. Sky Sports activities televise.

From Colombia and primarily based in Canada, Vargas has a 31-6-2 (14) document that exhibits losses to Errol Spence Jnr, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Luis Collazo and final day out, Dallas prodigy Vergil Ortiz.

British followers will bear in mind Vargas coming near upsetting Khan in Birmingham in September 2018. Khan was down late within the second after having Vargas over earlier within the spherical and Khan was saved by the bell within the tenth after a clear proper hand to the jaw had him on rubbery legs.
Vargas is a gritty competitor and with Benn, ranked eleventh and 14th by the WBA and IBF respectively however nonetheless a novice with solely 67 skilled rounds behind him, the 31-year-old Vargas will certainly see this as a winnable route again to world degree.

However Benn, 16-0 (11), is enhancing and the 24-year-old from Ilford could also be dealing with Vargas on the proper time. Nicely, that’s actually the plan.

Vargas is coming off presumably his worst defeat, a seven-round beating towards Ortiz final July, whereas final day out, Benn claimed a career-best factors win over Sebastian Formella (22-1), a cussed German who had toughed it out for 12 rounds towards Shawn Porter in his earlier struggle. That step up went in addition to might have been hoped for Benn.

Although harm, outgunned and not sure the place the following punch was coming from, Formella stored firing again and made Benn work to win the rounds. Briefly, it was a superb night time’s work. Opponents discover him laborious to learn. The punches come from all angles and Benn seldom throws the identical mixture twice.

He’s additionally proven starvation to get off the ground twice within the opening spherical towards Cedrick Peynaud of their first struggle and shrug off heavy photographs from Finn Jussi Koivula (24-6-1) to cease him within the second. They have been thrilling scraps that evoked memoires of his father, Nigel Benn, although admittedly at a decrease degree.

Conor has the identical broad stance and jerky upper-body motion and although he lacks his father’s lights-out punch, he takes just a few and has entertaining fights.

It is going to be enjoyable watching what occurs as he goes up the degrees. Followers aren’t watching purely due to his DNA anymore. To his nice credit score, Conor is an attraction himself – the dedication to his commerce calls for admiration – and matches with the stable Florian Marku (8-0-1) and European champion David Avanesyan (27-3-1) are ones to stay up for, offered Benn will get previous Vargas.

Vargas has misplaced three of his final 5, however in good firm. He took a 37-year-old Luis Collazo to a break up choice a few years in the past and might take some satisfaction from being the primary to take Ortiz past the sixth spherical.

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Till the ultimate minute or so, Vargas had completed an honest job of holding out the way in which of Ortiz’s punches along with his shoulder roll defence and, at any time when Ortiz took a breather, he chipped away with jabs and physique photographs.

Principally, Vargas was on the receiving finish and the ultimate minute or so was uncomfortable viewing. It might need been stopped sooner.
Koivula is a typical opponent. He took Vargas to a break up verdict over 10 rounds in November, 2017 and 19 months later, Benn beat him in a dramatic two-round shoot-out.

Benn shipped just a few rights within the opening spherical earlier than getting behind his jab after which discovering a well-timed left hook to ship the Finn to his knees.
Benn had him over once more earlier than the referee stepped in to sign a breakthrough win. Koivula had challenged for European honours, however had misplaced two of his earlier three. Vargas seems to be one other good fighter who might be on the way in which down. Saturday night time is one other event when the timing might be proper for Benn. Vargas has simply had presumably the worst beating of his profession, Benn has simply had his greatest win.

Good matchmaking solely has a component to play in Benn’s success. For a novice, he’s been matched powerful and he’s proven character to come back again from each a damaged jaw and damaged hand. It’s necessary to bear in mind what number of upsets the game has produced within the final 12 months. They’ve typically occurred when an skilled fighter is simply too intelligent and that state of affairs can’t be dominated out right here. However Benn has proved himself a superb fighter with unteachable spirit. We count on him field behind the jab, one in all his most polished weapons, and outpoint Vargas in a eagerly-fought bout.

Additionally on the present, Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall (9-0) makes the primary defence of her WBO middleweight title towards Maria Lindberg, 19-6-2 (10), who got here in at brief discover for Femke Hermans.

Anticipate Watford’s Shannon Courtenay (6-1) to be topped WBA bantamweight champion, although it’s unbelievable that her struggle with Aussie Ebanie Bridges is deemed worthy of a world title. Her rematch with Rachel Ball – Courtenay was dropped and narrowly outpointed over eight final 12 months – fell by after Ball picked up Covid-19 and untested Aussie Bridges (5-0) stepped in. Now Courtenay and Bridges will each struggle over the 10-round distance for the primary time.

There’s additionally outings for the good Kash Farooq at bantamweight and promising teenager, John Hedges, up at super-middleweight.

The Verdict This seems like the proper step up for Benn however Vargas can’t be written off fully.

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