Conor Benn’s father went to Las Vegas and made an enormous assertion in 1990. On Saturday, on the Cosmopolitan within the well-known struggle metropolis, Conor will hope to observe in his father’s footsteps when he meets unbeaten American Peter Dobson.
Conor has spent most of his boxing profession avoiding comparisons along with his father. Nigel Benn made the primary defence of his WBO middleweight title at Bally’s in Las Vegas and stopped Iran Barkley with simply three seconds left within the opening spherical. It was a foul-filled, savage brawl. Benn was by no means invited again; Barkley received a world title three fights later after which beat Thomas Hearns. The Benn win over Barkley is among the most ignored fights in British boxing.
Conor Benn has all the time been harshly and unfairly in comparison with his father, and firstly of his profession, it was notably damaging. Conor was uncooked, nonetheless younger and studying his commerce in fastidiously chosen fights; it’s boxing’s tried and examined technique, however the sons of nice fighters are merely not given the identical probabilities. In current years, Chris Eubank Jr and Campbell Hatton have all needed to overcome ridiculous prejudice. The comparisons and criticism are far worse firstly of careers. Benn was abused after his early fights and he struggled with the pressures of being Nigel’s son.
Conor was simply beginning to set up a profession of his personal, a fighter with the power to be an actual attraction in foremost occasions, and a person able to promoting out huge arenas, when a failed drug check ruined every part. The irony is that in his final three or 4 fights earlier than the failed check, there have been clear indicators of his father in Conor’s preventing model.
It was October 2022 and his sold-out struggle with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled lower than 48 hours earlier than the primary bell. It was not a good time and Benn retreated, offended and decided to show his innocence. His journey has been troublesome and dear, and isn’t over but. He failed two checks in 2022, one in July and one in September, when he examined optimistic for Clomifene; there was confusion, there have been accusations, and from the very first day Benn insisted he would clear his title.
Benn was suspended by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), however in July final 12 months, the National Anti-Doping Panel lifted the non permanent ban. The British Boxing Board of Control and Ukad appealed the choice to carry the ban. The course of is but to complete, however Benn has not been given a licence by the board and that’s the reason he’s preventing in Las Vegas.
Benn fought in Florida in September 2023, profitable over 10 rounds. His opponent, Rodolfo Orozco, was later suspended for failing a drug check. It was nothing greater than a routine few rounds to carry off the ring rust.
After the Orozco win, there was daring speak of a struggle with Eubank Jr, presumably in Abu Dhabi or at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium subsequent Saturday, however they each pale when the Board stood agency on their choice to not grant Benn his previous licence again. The Eubank Jr struggle stays a serious attraction; their fathers fought two thrillers over 30 years in the past, the blood feud exists.
The struggle with Dobson, who’s unbeaten in 16 fights with 9 ending early, will preserve Benn busy; Dobson is untested within the ring, however has a fame for being robust. “We will see,” stated Benn.
This is the ninth 12 months that Benn has been an expert boxer and he’s unbeaten in 22 fights, and the final 4 or 5 of his fights in British rings had been spectacular. The failed checks ruined his path and he now has a protracted, lengthy street again. A very good win towards Dobson will assist. The reminiscence of his father knocking over and stopping Barkley shall be ultimate motivation. That just isn’t an affordable comparability, it’s a smart transfer.