Conor Benn, the teenage son of Nigel Benn, made his professional debut tonight at the O2 Arena, blasting through Bulgaria's Ivailo Boyanov in a typical pro debut, though one with a good deal of name value attached.
Nicknamed "The Destroyer," Benn showed a lot of aggression and adrenaline in his first pro fight, which lasted all of two minutes and seven seconds, after a short amateur career of just 23 fights. He jumped all over Boyanov (2-4-1, 0 KO), attacking with youthful reckless abandon, and after some nice body shots and a couple of hooks, the fight was stopped with Boyanov on his feet but in full retreat.
Benn was pleased with the performance and the overall spectacle of the debut, as was his father.
"It's unbelievable. Gobsmacked, mate. It's something that'll stay with me until I die. The reception was unbelievable," Benn said after the fight. His father also praised the effort, and said he was more nervous than his son probably was.
"I gotta be three times world champion. It can't be two, mate," Conor said. His dad agreed: "It's gotta be three times. He's gotta be better than me."