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Conor Benn professional record, titles, knockout ratio and best wins ahead of boxing grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr

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Conor Benn has insisted he is targeting a knockout as he faces the sternest test of his burgeoning career when he faces fierce rival Chris Eubank Jr at London’s O2 Arena on October 8.

Eubank Jr has been dismissive of Benn’s claims and even performed several social media stunts to show off his stated belief that he can beat his fellow braggart without being at his best.

Part of the intrigue for fans who have snapped up tickets for the 20,000-capacity arena is the contrast between the two fighters’ records.

The Sporting News explains how the son of British boxing great Nigel Benn has progressed since his first professional fight in 2016.

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Conor Benn career story

Benn’s surname has made him a star draw for fans and promoters during his rise up the ranks, fighting at major venues immediately.

As a 19-year-old, Benn made his debut at the O2 with a first-round knockout of Ivailo Boyanov, then fought two of his subsequent three fights on undercards at the same arena.

His first six-round fight was his sixth bout in eight months during his first as a pro, taking place at the Manchester Arena – not far from the Old Trafford setting where his father shared a split draw with Eubank Jr’s celebrated dad, Chris, in their 1993 rematch.

The only overseas appearance of Benn’s career so far was a knockout of Brandon Sanudo in New York in 2017 and he has won 11 times in England since then.

Shortly before signing an initial two-year deal with high-profile promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable, Benn shared a classic with Cedrick Peynaud, beating the Frenchman on points after recovering from suffering two knockdowns in the first round to floor his adversary twice.

He has racked up 10 wins since then – only three of which have gone the distance – to give him a perfect overall record of 21 victories.

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Which titles has Conor Benn won?

With 12 wins in two years to start his career, Benn was soon challenging for honours.

A rematch with Peynaud ended with the Londoner securing the vacant WBA Continental welterweight title via unanimous decision in July 2018 at the O2.

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He has retained the belt six times since first defending it against Jussi Koivula in June 2019.

How many knockouts has Conor Benn had?

Benn became known as a knockout artist before winning the title he holds, ending nine of his first 12 fights prematurely.

Since then, five of nine contests have ended in a knockout, giving him a total of 14 from his 21 bouts.

“I’m going to go in and try to iron him out, like I do everyone else,” Benn said of the suggestion that he could knock out Eubank Jr, speaking to Matchroom.

“If I see the opportunity, I’m going to take it. If I see an opportunity – if I see a glimmer in the eye – I will take it.”

What are Conor Benn’s best wins?

While his first win against Peynaud showed his resilience and his second earned his first pro belt, Benn’s most impressive performances have come in his subsequent title fights.

Former IBO welterweight champion Sebastian Formella fell victim to Benn by unanimous decision in 2020, followed by a first-round victory over Samuel Vargas, who had previously mixed it with the likes of Errol Spence, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Vergil Ortiz Jr.

Benn dominated experienced Mexican Adrian Granados on his way to a wide points victory over a former opponent for storied fighters including Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, then handed Chris Algieri – a veteran who took Manny Pacquiao and Khan the distance at his peak – a fourth-round knockout defeat.

His most recent win was against another former IBO champion Chris van Heerden, violently stopping his much more experienced, big-talking opponent in the second round in Manchester in April.

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Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr: who has the best record?

Comparing Benn’s record with Eubank Jr’s is tricky because the younger man has never fought at the catchweight he will step up to for his latest contest, taking on an opponent who has campaigned at middleweight and super-middleweight.

Benn has fought at a maximum of 147 lbs – 21 lbs lighter than Eubank Jr did when he won the vacant IBO super-middleweight title against James DeGale in 2019.

Former Olympic and two-time world champion DeGale alone is a bigger name than Benn has on his record, although he was a faded force by the time he took Eubank Jr the distance in his final fight before retirement.

Eubank Jr shared 12 rounds with another world champion the previous year, rarely troubling George Groves, who held him off despite suffering a serious shoulder injury in the 12th.

Benn turned professional five years after Eubank Jr and has fought 13 fewer times, leading many to argue that this would be a daunting step up even without the seeming disadvantage he will be at under the 157lbs catchweight agreement for the bout.

The fighter known as ‘The Destroyer’ seems to be embracing the challenge. “You’ll see why I’m one of the most ferocious welterweights on the planet,” he told his Instagram following of more than 609,000, posing with Commonwealth and British middleweight champion Felix Cash eight days before his fight with Eubank Jr.


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