Conor Benn is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in British boxing, as well as one of the biggest draws for fans. His rise in recent times has seen him step away from his father’s shadow and begin to build his own legacy. The 25-year-old is closing in on the elite of the welterweight division.
Back in action on April 16, Benn takes on Chris van Heerden, a South African southpaw fighter who is expected to be his last “developmental fight” before seeking out the big names in the division.
In the build-up to ‘The Destroyer’ returning to the ring, The Sporting News takes a look at the top five wins of Benn’s career to date.
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5. Adrian Granados 2021 – DU
Last year, Benn faced Adrian Granados, who had faced elite-level opposition in the welterweight division in the past. Those names included Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Adrien Broner.
Heralded as another cautious step up in the opponent class, Benn struggled to a very comfortable points victory, although his opponent truly failed to engage any fights.
It was not the best performance of his career, nor an evening that will be remembered for a long time. It showed that Benn was now above a certain level and that the fighters were suspicious of the power he possessed.
Granados seemed to feel the power early on and decided to dance to a points decision loss as Benn moved on to bigger and better things.
4. Cedrick Peynaud 2018 – DU
This fight makes the list despite Peynaud only having a record of five wins, four losses and three draws because it was the fight that showed Benn has tremendous steel about him.
Certainly, we could have chosen his rematch with Peynaud in 2018. It was there that Benn showed he had moved away from the wild streak and defensive frailties, showed that he had improved and that he could box at a higher level.
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However, this fight saw Benn hit the canvas twice in the very first round. Managing to survive the first round, Benn was in serious danger of being stopped in a fight he was never meant to lose.
Benn then turned things around by knocking down his opponent twice in the closing rounds to secure a unanimous points victory early in his career. It was a defining fight for his career.
3. Sebastian Formella 2020 – DU
In what was a huge step up for Benn at the time, he faced the German in Formella, who entered the fight with just one loss in 23 fights. That loss came at the hands of former world champion Shawn Porter, as he displayed the durability and tenacity to go 12 rounds with a world-class opponent.
Benn showed off his new boxing skills in this fight, winning virtually every round of the fight.
Facing an experienced and tough opponent like he did showed everyone, once again, that Benn was ready for bigger and tougher tests. It was the start of the race he now finds himself in as he targets the top flight of the division.
2. Samuel Vargas 2021 – TKO R1
This performance sums up everything about Benn. It only took him one round to wow Samuel Vargas, a seasoned and very experienced professional.
Although this turned out to be Vargas’ penultimate fight, he was still a tough opponent, but the way to win the stoppage was unlike anything we had seen against the experienced Colombian.
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Benn started strong, landing two right hands just over a minute into the fight. He overwhelmed Vargas with 15-20 unanswered punches as the referee had no choice but to stop the fight after just 82 seconds.
Taking down someone who was supposed to take him into deep water ended up being one of his quickest nights in the ring, as it was clear that Benn had gone to another level.
1. Chris Algieri 2021 – KO R4
What stands out as his best performance to date is his last outing in the ring against former world title challenger Chris Algieri.
Facing a somewhat inactive man, he had shared the ring with Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. Algieri was brought in as a true test of Benn’s credentials.
Not only did Benn pass the test, he passed it with flying colors. Knocking out Algieri in the fourth round with a pinpoint right hand showed that Benn had that one-punch knockout power, and that he was indeed “The Destroyer”.
Benn also showed terrific head movement, quality jabs and combinations and even scored a second-round knockdown on the way to landing that huge right hand. His best victory to date, and perhaps a sign of things to come…