Matchroom Boxing has announced that their unbeaten welterweight prospect and the son of Nigel Benn, Conor, has resigned with the promotional outfit inking a new two-year promotional deal. Conor turned professional in 2016 and has racked up eleven fights as a professional, winning all eleven contest so far in his career. Conor returns to action in April featuring on the undercard of Amir Khan’s anticipated homecoming return as he faces Canadian Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool.
Benn who is still only 21 years of age was last in action in December, faced Cedrick Peynaud in a thrilling fight at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Benn rose off the canvas twice to claim a narrow points victory in the toughest fight of his career to date as a professional.
Speaking about his renewal with Matchroom Boxing, Benn indicated that a rematch with Peynaud is on the cards for 2018.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal with Eddie and Matchroom Boxing,” said Benn. “I can’t wait to get back out in action on the Khan undercard, Liverpool is a great fighting city and I’m looking forward to fighting in front of such a knowledgeable fan base. I want to entertain the fans but I’m still a work in progress.
“The Peynaud fight was a real learning curve but there was a lot of things that went wrong in camp to the last fight, I had a severe skin reaction out in New York for starters. That aside, I had four great fights last year. I was flat on the night but I’ve learned a couple of lessons from the fight. One of which, I’ve got the will to win which deep down, I didn’t know I had. A rematch is due, he’s deserved that and I’m sure it’ll happen this year and I’ll win it convincingly.”
Eddie Hearn himself was also pleased that Benn has resigned with the promotional outfit. Benn is one of Matchroom’s regularly used prospects featuring on a number of high magnitude cards events so far as a professional.
“I’m delighted to extend our agreement with Conor and am very excited about the future,” said Hearn. “Conor has become an exciting feature on our shows and at 21, he has so much potential in the sport. 2018 is the year he will begin challenging for titles and Sky Sports viewers are guaranteed action when he steps into the ring.”