Conor Benn to put his 16-fight unbeaten record to the test with bout against Sebastian Formella on the undercard for Dillian Whyte’s November rematch with Alexander Povetkin
- Conor Benn is all set to face Germany’s Sebastian Formella on November 21
- Benn has not fought since October 2019 following the coronavirus outbreak
- Formella’s only career defeat in 23 fights came in August against Shawn Porter
- Dillian Whyte faces Alexander Povetkin after being knocked out in the first fight
Conor Benn is set to risk his 16-fight unbeaten streak against Sebastian Formella on the undercard for Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin.
The 24-year-old welterweight contender – who is the son of legendary champion Nigel Benn – will face his German counterpart on November 21 before Whyte faces the highly-experienced Povetkin again after being brutally knocked out in their first meeting.
Benn comfortably defeated Jussi Koivula and Steve Jamoye in London in 2019, but his victory over the Belgian in October was his latest bout to date after his return to the ring at London’s O2 Arena on March 28 this year was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Conor Benn is set to risk his 16-fight unbeaten streak against German Sebastian Formella
Welterweight contender Benn will face his German counterpart (above) on November 21
And now he looks set for a formidable challenge in the form of 33-year-old Formella, whose only career defeat in 23 fights came in August against America’s Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.
‘Formella is a world-level operator,’ said Benn. ‘His only loss came against two-time world champion Shawn Porter.
‘I know a win here will make a huge statement on the world scene. I feel the critics have a lot of unanswered questions and now I have the opportunity to answer them in a globally recognised fight.
‘From the outside this may look like a big step-up but I have prepared extremely hard behind closed doors, working on my craft and climbing the ranks for a fight like this!
The fight will be on the undercard for Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin
‘It’s now time to carry the Benn name back to where it belongs and this will be another step closer to the top. Make no mistake, I’m going into this fight to destroy Formella, I want to win in true Benn style.’
‘Conor is a strong undefeated man who likes to box at home,’ said Formella.
‘This will not be an easy fight, but it makes me very proud to fight in the UK this year after my debut in the USA. Of course a fight with spectators would have been even better, but to box in the UK at all is great.
‘I am looking forward to this challenge. We will have good tactics to leave the ring as the winner. We will use the short time optimally.’
Benn has not fought since defeating Steve Jamoye (right) at the O2 Arena in October 2019
‘This is a huge fight for Conor and a monumental step-up,’ promoter Eddie Hearn added.
‘We saw Formella tough it out with Shawn Porter a few months ago and he didn’t stop trying for 12 rounds and showed a great chin and a lot of heart.
‘I have to give Conor a lot of credit, although he has been inactive, he hasn’t left the gym and feels that after all he has learned, now is the time to take that big leap.
‘This is the fight that can make him a genuine world level contender – it’s sink or swim time on November 21!’
Promoter Eddie Hearn warned Benn that fighting Formella is a ‘monumental’ step up for him
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