Conor Benn out-muscles and outpoints Sebastian Formella
Son of a British legend, Conor Benn has been exciting boxing fans on the UK domestic level scene over the last few years. While carrying on the “Benn” name after his father, former WBC super middleweight champ Nigel Benn, the undefeated prospect is looking to make his own path.
He has managed to crack the top fifteen in the WBA rankings and finds himself in a step-up bout against Germany’s Sebastian Formella.
Formella was virtually unknown until he became a “stay busy” opponent for former IBF and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter in August. While he lost every round, the fact he did not get stopped is a plus for his career.
Unfortunately, the biggest issue for the German is he didn’t seem to learn much after losing to Porter.
EXPERIENCE A “NON-FACTOR”
Prior to the bout, fans where split as to how to call this fight. Benn is a nice looking prospect…”prospect” being the operative word. Furthermore, he is not on the caliber of other rising contenders at welterweight like Vergil Ortiz, Jaron Ennis or Rashidi Ellis.
Additionally, many felt Formella would bring that one big fight experience into the fight. Benn has never faced anyone even three-quarters as good as Porter and Formella went twelve with him.
The experience simply didn’t matter. In fact, the German looked considerably worse in this bout!
From the opening bell, the British prospect had the upper hand. He stalked his opponent and expose his defensive faults. While easily getting inside of lazy jabs, Benn let his hands go at mid-range and easily outworked his adversary.
Formella seemed to be uncomfortable in ring as he tried to dictate the pace behind his jab. In desperately looking to keep his opponent at bay, he abandoned his defense in order to establish some output. You could see every time he was hit, he wanted to get revenge on Benn.
Problem is, this is not how Formella fights.
MAKE HIM FIGHT YOUR FIGHT
In the process, Benn effectively made the German fight his fight! This made it easier for the prospect to shine as Formella tried to go “blow-for-blow” but lacked the power to do any damage.
In return, Benn would just run through his shots, out muscle him and push him back with power shots. Specifically, the power jab, right upper-cut on the inside and right hook could not miss! By the last few rounds, the prospect even started out-jab the more experienced fighter.
Formella just did an abysmal job at executing the correct game-plan. Whether it was his idea to try to bang with Benn or his corner’s that was a terrible decision. He is typically utilizing more movement behind his jab and typically does a good job of eluding shots. However, he absolutely did not show this in this fight.
If Formella gained any respect after going twelve with Porter, all of it is gone after this performance!
I WANT JOSH KELLY!
Benn will move on after passing the biggest test of his young career. While he looked virtually unstoppable, this may be a “smoke in mirrors” situation. For all the good Benn showed, he has very noticeable flaws, particularly with his defense.
In the post-fight interview, Benn made it clear what he wants next!
“There is only one fight I care about and that’s against Josh Kelly! For all those thinking I’m scared, stop talking rubbish. All I want is Kelly!”
By: EJ Williams