21-year-old welterweight prospect Conor Benn recently underwent surgery on his hand, repairing a torn tendon suffered in his July 28 rematch win over Cedrick Peynaud.
Benn (13-0, 9 KO) says he suffered the injury in the first round of the fight, which went the 10-round distance and resulted in a wide unanimous decision for “The Destroyer.”
( WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES ) Injured my right hand From the first round of my last fight, Tore my tendon and the bag underneath exposing my knuckle which caused me pain Throughout the fight. However you always got to find a way to win. The Will to win is something you’re born with... I’m constantly reminded how hard this Sport is. And I believe my WILL to win overrules anything. Thank you @mike_hayton #TeamBenn #TheDestroyer
In December 2017, the two met for the first time, with Peynaud (6-6-3, 4 KO) dropping Benn two times in the opening round before Benn won a decision.
It was a rematch meant to get Benn a clearer, more decisive victory against Peynaud, and he achieved that goal. Benn also fought in April of this year, defeating Chris Truman by fourth round TKO.
It’s unknown how long Benn will be on the shelf, but there’s still a good chance he’ll fight again before the year is out, at least if there are no complications. And the big hope is that this won’t turn into a recurring hand issue for him.