Conor Benn returns against Chris Algieri
WBA Continental welterweight titlist Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (19-0, 12ko) finally has an opponent named for his upcoming end of the year contest. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn took to social media with news that Benn will face former WBO junior welterweight Chris Algieri (25-3, 9ko).
Benn continues to stay active, making this his fourth fight to close out the year. Also, he is stepping up in competition. This is what a contender should do before looking towards a world title.
The Destroyer’s fight with veteran fighter Adrian “El Tigre” Granados was also viewed as a good measuring stick. He was victorious over the more experienced El Tigre. This was a decent win for the British fighter considering Granados has shared the ring with a “Who’s Who” in the sport of boxing: Kermit Cintron, Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Javier Fortuna, and Danny Garcia.
Benn made it a known fact he was going to fight on December 11. Yet finding an opponent is what remained a mystery.
“I’m excited to fight in Liverpool again after fighting at the arena back in 2018. I’m expecting a lively crowd and top atmosphere on December 11. As I look to end 2021 with a bang.”
We now know the foe will be former champion Algieri
DOES THE FORMER CHAMPION HAVE ANYTHING LEFT?
Algieri, at the advanced age of 37 years old, brings experience at the championship level, having been in the ring with unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence and retired Filipino senator Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao.
Fans will question how much he has left in the tank. Algieri is coming off a two-year hiatus with a dominant performance over Mikkel LesPierre on August 3. Equally important, he is a credited nutritionist, so he knows how to take care of his body. The last time the aforementioned boxer tasted championship gold was after beating Ruslan Provodnikov back in 2017.
The former WBO champion, excited about the upcoming fight, took to social media.
Benn will be putting a lot on the line in this fight, being ranked #7 (IBF), #9 (WBA), and #10 (WBC). Will the young man prove his mettle once again, or will the experience of the former champion prevail?
By: Garrisson Bland