Conor Benn looks to continue his rise against Chris Algieri

Conor Benn looks to continue his rise against Chris Algieri

CONOR BENN’S rise over the previous three years has been singularly spectacular. In 2018, after his struggles with Cedrick Peynaud, it regarded like he had discovered his stage. But he has developed considerably from then, certainly he is without doubt one of the most improved fighters within the nation. Trained by Tony Sims, managed by his son Charlie Sims and promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, Benn has obtained the best fights on the proper time and has taken the best classes from them. Chris Algieri, who Benn fights on Saturday (December 11) on the Echo Arena in Liverpool, is one other piece of excellent matchmaking for the rising star.

Likeable New Yorker Algieri has been in with a number of the greatest within the sport, like Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence, however he hasn’t crushed them and is extra naturally a super-lightweight than a welterweight. He strikes nicely on his toes, has expertise however will not be a famous puncher within the division. Exactly the type of components that may give Benn, who does hit onerous and assaults with keen aggression, the type of work he wants.

It’s unlikely Benn will discover the pictures he wants to cease Algieri. The solely man who’s managed to accomplish that was Errol Spence in 2016. But anticipate a robust begin to bag Benn early rounds and see him work his approach his to a factors win, at the same time as Algieri poses him issues alongside the way in which.

“To headline in a city like Liverpool you need to be in the ring against a world class operator,” mentioned Benn, 19-0 (12). “Chris has executed all of it, a former [WBO] champion and precisely the opponent I would like to acquire expertise from. 

“We expect Algieri to bring his best, but I want him deep in the trenches with me, I want to use this opportunity to display my skills and ability against a quality fighter to step closer to a world title.”

But if he’s going to be a studying expertise, Algieri expects it to be a chastening one for the younger Briton. “I don’t take fights I don’t think I’m going to win. This is a big leap [for Benn]. They’re banking on me being too old and too small. Honestly, I’m neither. There’s a miscalculation on their end,” the New Yorker guarantees.

Conor Benn

If Benn’s star is rising, Katie Taylor is the large identify within the girls’s sport. The light-weight champion, she holds all 4 of the main sanctioning physique belts, and is undefeated as knowledgeable. A transfer up to welterweight to rematch Jessica McCaskill, now the 147lbs champion, combating Natasha Jonas once more or boxing Amanda Serrano are seen as extra interesting fights than Firuza Sharipova, her challenger right here. The Kazakh strikes out and in on her toes nicely and places collectively mixtures. But other than Sofya Ochigava on her professional debut, Sharipova hasn’t fought anybody at Taylor’s stage. She misplaced to Ochigava in 2016, her solely defeat, however there’s no disgrace in dropping on factors over 4 rounds to an excellent Olympic silver medallist, who misplaced to Katie Taylor herself within the London 2012 remaining. Sharipova ought to make a struggle of it however, except Taylor underperforms, she ought to win on factors.

“I just want to be the best that I can be. I feel like I have so much left to show. People haven’t seen the best of me yet,” Taylor warns. “I’ve by no means ever discovered it onerous to preserve myself motivated for these mandatories as a result of I do perceive that these ladies are coming for all my belts as nicely. I’m going to see the perfect of those opponents each time they step into the ring with me too. You see it on a regular basis in boxing, the place fighters do have a flat efficiency and so they fail to maintain on to their belts. I can by no means ever get complacent.

“I never ever find it tough to focus on these fights, even with so much noise about other fights. My focus is completely on the fight ahead.”

On the undercard Jordan Gill was supposed to struggle Karim Guerfi for the European featherweight title till the champion pulled out with an sickness. The contest is now scheduled to happen in January with Gill combating in an eight-rounder on this invoice within the meantime.

Super-featherweight Joe Cordina takes on Miko Khatchatryan of Belguim. Both can boast being 13-0 however it’s the Welshman’s document that’s the extra spectacular. Khatchatryan hasn’t defeated anybody of be aware and it’s unlikely he’ll begin right here. Cordina is a large favorite for good cause.
Peter McGrail, the one one in every of GB’s Tokyo Olympians thus far to have boxed professionally, has his second professional contest in his Liverpool hometown. McGrail is a quick, gifted southpaw and may advance shortly by means of the skilled ranks. An excellent novice, he medalled at each main event outdoors of the Olympics and will likely be build up a fanbase in his house metropolis.

Another former GB boxer, Calum French makes his professional debut on the cardboard. The in style Gateshead fighter would in all probability have been an Olympian himself, if his weight class hadn’t been faraway from the Games solely a few years earlier than the event. But French is that calibre of boxer and gave a touch of how good he could possibly be within the execs within the World Series of Boxing. He’s one other fighter whose development will likely be price following.

Unbeaten prospect Caoimhin Agyarko has his first contest with new promoter Matchroom. He faces one other undefeated fighter in Noe Larios Jnr.
Robbie Davies Jnr will field Hank Lundy. Davies suffered a punishing loss to Gabriel Valenzuela in February. But in entrance of his house crowd he ought to banish these demons and impress against Lundy.

DAZN will televise.

The Verdict A crossroads struggle that might nicely catch hearth.

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