Conor Benn ready to continue the long climb to the top

Nigel Benn with his son Conor Benn

Conor Benn says he’s ready to really announce himself on the world stage when he faces Sebastian Formella in London on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old from Essex (16-0 with 11 wins inside distance) comes up against German Sebastian Formella, who took an elite welterweight in Shawn Porter the distance last time out.

Benn knows the showdown at Wembley Arena (live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the United States) represents another step up in class, but he is supremely confident he will pass the test.

"We've got a world level opponent in Sebastian Formella. His only loss came against Shawn Porter, and as we all know he lost on points,” he said.

“It's a tough fight and a massive step up but I don't believe he's got anything that I need to worry about.

"Is he tricky? Is he this, is he that? Is he well experienced? Is he a 33-year-old man who's just lost to Porter on points?

Conor out to make a statement

“I plan on going in there and making a statement, it doesn't really bother me. They said the same about (Jussi) Koivula, people thought I was going to lose. He was a three-time European Title challenger, I banged him out in two.

"I'll rise to the occasion. It's all learning. It's all growing. It's a rollercoaster journey and god willing, I do the job on November 21. Is this a massive test? Yeah. Do I think I'm ready? Yeah, yeah I do.

“Am I going to go in there and try to stop him, to let him know what I'm about? Yeah I am. I plan on introducing myself to the world stage. This is the sort of fight that does that.

"I plan on really taking it to him. It doesn't take a lot to get me going. With or without a crowd, a fight is a fight. I plan on winning this fight in true Benn style. I'll find a way to win. Come November 21 I plan on showing exactly what I'm made of."

One big learning curve for Benn

The 33-year-old Formella (22-1) will not be easy opposition, but Benn believes he is maturing in and out of the ring, and ready for the test. Sky Bet make him a 2-5 favourite, with Formella 2-1.

"My life has changed drastically over the last six months," he said.

"Now that I've got a son coming it gives you a different perspective on life. I came into this game at 19. I haven't got a big amateur pedigree. It's all learning. There's no ceiling to my career so I think that's the exciting thing about it.

"What's great is the British public gets to see me blossom right before their eyes. From a novice who had a debut, to having a terrible second fight, to then knocking out a three-time European Title challenger and now fighting Sebastian Formella.

"Is it all going to be smooth sailing? No, of course it isn't. At the end of the day, you've got the appreciate the downs and the ups, because that's what makes the ups so special. This is all about legacy and striving for greatness.”

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