Second generation welterweight prospect Conor Benn remains undefeated after a fourth round knockout win over Belgian veteran Steve Jamoye on today’s Prograis-Taylor card in London.
Benn (16-0, 11 KO) went to 3-0 on the year with the win, and at 23 has built a bit of buzz, thanks in part to his last name but also, to his credit, because he’s an exciting (if flawed) young fighter who goes for it every time out.
The 28-year-old Jamoye (26-8-2, 5 KO) tried to stand up to Benn’s power, but ultimately just couldn’t. Benn had a point docked in the fourth round for a low blow, which fired him up and got him rolling, as he turned it up and dropped Jamoye, putting the fight away at 2:18 of round four.
“I was angry, because it’s not my fault he’s short. I was winging them in to the body,” Benn said of the point deduction. Benn was otherwise pretty happy with his performance.
“He’s not a novelty act,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “He’s learned behind closed doors, he keeps himself to himself. He’s working, he’s grafting, he’s in the gym at the moment with his dad. There’s so much of Nigel Benn in this kid. He’s putting the hours in and I believe he’s going to come on and be a great fighter.”
Hearn said Benn may soon challenge for the British title at 147.