Connor Nigel "The Destroyer" Benn

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  1. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    So what says the hive - was that spook in Peynaud I (dropped twice in the first round) just a fluke, an early speed-bump in his development as he learned the ropes, quite literally, on the job - or was this a sign that yet again the apple is going to fall miles away from the figurative tree, as yet another boxing great's progeny groomed to follow in their footsteps instead fails humiliatingly to live up to expectations & hype?

    In his defense, his amateur campaign was beyond an exercise in brevity; he barely even had one, going just 20-2 in a sparse talent pool in Australia (where his father, Nigel Gregory "The Dark Destroyer" Benn has established residence in his post-retirement years). Within three years he was fast-tracked into the pro game, ready or not, and moved from Sydney back to his dad's birthplace of Ilford to capitalize on British recognition of the family name. He made his professional debut on the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin undercard, and has borne all the scrutiny and pressure that comes with being a second-generation fighter but without the fanfare received by a Chris Eubank, Jr.

    That said, he did look a poor excuse for a prospect in the first Peynaud encounter - although he did handily win a rematch and look to have improved a great deal in a 10-rounder eight months later. His upcoming opponent, 35 year old trial horse Jussi Koivula of Finland, isn't going to answer every question about young Benn. Even a quick and savage blitzkrieg will only tell us that Benn is at least "pretty good". It does, however, represent a baby step in the right direction, of gradually increasing the quality of his opposition to determine his real mettle.


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  2. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    He does bear some of Nigel's stylistic characteristics - for better and for worse - but one thing is absolutely clear, and that is that his power isn't even close. I'm not sure handing down the "Destroyer" moniker wasn't a mistake, as that's going to be a lot to live up to - much as I don't think Thammanoon Niyomtrong ever ought to have saddled himself with "Knockout".
     
  3. sparta

    sparta Active Member Full Member

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    He fought ams in Australia? Sheet didn't know that, never saw him at any shows. Musta missed him, damn.
     
  4. pistal47

    pistal47 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    From the movie the Boondock Saints: "Where you goin'? Nowhere! This guys goin' ****ing nowhere!"
     
  5. DoubleJab666

    DoubleJab666 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I'm not sold on him, to be honest. Not seen much evolution and, considering he started so young, you'd expect a steeper learning curve....
     
  6. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    Exclusively in Sydney, aye. Said he would fight in bingo halls in front of like 20 blokes.
     
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    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    No, he only took up boxing at like 17, that isn't young.
     
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    DoubleJab666 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I meant as a pro. That was aged 19, I believe. If he had real stand-out talent, I think he would have clearly evolved more in three years.
     
  9. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    Not against this LOC, and not with that skimpy a time in the ams.
     
  10. Kevinb38

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    There hasn't been a single son of a boxing legend who has come near. The closest might have been Eubank Jr but even he is short at the world level.
     
  11. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Tyler went away. Tyler's gone. Staff Member

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    Cory Spinks >>>> Leon, p4p, IMO.
     
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  13. anjawnaymiz

    anjawnaymiz Get outta my pub you slags!!! Full Member

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    I’m sorry but I can’t even see him winning the British title at this point.
    I do see him challenging for it eventually

    Trainers can only do so much imo, there needs to be a bit of natural talent as well to get beyond British level
     
  14. PaddyGarcia

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    I think he's gash. Will be lucky to win a British title. As for the Am career thing, he had more fights than Yarde and Dave Allen, both of whom are way way ahead of his in terms of opposition (yes, even Yarde...). It's telling to me that his team pulled out of an eliminator for an English title.
    He's a fun watch though.
     
  15. Journey Man

    Journey Man Journeyman always. Full Member

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    He didn't look great in the 2nd Peynaud fight to be fair. Really can't see him doing much at all, anyone in the top 10 in the UK at WW or LWW would batter him handily.
     

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