At the SSE Wembley Arena, in Wembley, London, UK, Saturday, Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearn, presented in the Main Event WBA Continental Welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, of Essex, UK impressed and easily defeated Sebastian Formella, of Hamburg, GER, over 10 rounds, over DAZN.
In the Main Event WBA Continental champ Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, 17-0 (11), #146 ¾, of Ilford, Essex, UK, easily defeated former IBO Welter champ Sebastian Formella, 22-2 (10), #147, of Hamburg, GER, over 10 rounds.
In the first two rounds it was all Benn using his hand speed dominating Formella who nose started to bleed in the final minute of round two. In the third round Benn continued sharpshooting almost at will to the jab on the head of Formella. In the fourth round Formella changed tactics coming forward for the first two minutes. Benn took over again.
In the sixth round Formella tried smothering Benn but Benn out landed him by countering him. In the eighth round even when Formella lands a right on the chin his lack of power has no effect on Benn. In the ninth round Benn hurt Formella in the final thirty seconds with a right on the chin. Formella has much swelling under his left eye.
In the tenth and final round Formella hung in there as Benn continued the shut out. Referee was Steve Gray.
Scores were Williams 100-91, Lewis 99-91 and Loughlin 99-92 with this writer 100-90.
“I just couldn’t get him out of there. I wore him down. I beat him as well as world champion Shawn Porter did. I want Josh Kelly next,” said Benn. “This was a big performance by Conor Benn. If Kelly wins his next fight and you one more and we can make that,” said Eddie Hearn.
In the co-feature Heavyweight Fabio Wardley, 10-0 (9), #230, of Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, knocked out Richard Lartey, 14-4 (11), #258 ¼, of Accra, GH, at 1:22 of the second round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the second round a right cross from Wardley on the chin and down went Lartey and out! Victor Loughlin was the referee.
“I set him up with the jab getting between him having his gloves high and together. I’m moving at a nice pace,” said Wardley.
Bantamweight Liam Davies, 8-0 (3), #117 ¾, of Donnington, Telford, Shropshire, UK, stopped southpaw Sean “The Comanche” Cairns, 7-3 (1), #117 ¾, of Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, for the vacant BBBofc English title, at the end of the sixth round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first four rounds Davies had his way landing lead rights on the chin against southpaw Cairns. In the fifth round in the final minute Davies had the gutsy Cairns hurt and bleeding from the nose and a cut over the right eye. In the sixth round Davies continued to dish out the beating. At the end of the sixth the Cairns corner informed referee Ian John Lew to stop the bout.
“I felt good tonight. I’m going to take my new belt to my grandmother’s grave tomorrow. I want to thank my fans and would have had 500-600 fans here tonight during normal times,” said Davies.
Heavyweight Alen “The Savage” Babic, 6-0 (6), #213 1/2, of Zagreb, Croatia, stopped Tom Little, 10-9 (3), #234 1/2, of Hatfield Hertfordshire, UK, at 2:38 of the third round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first round both big men were throwing punches in bunches. Babic got the better of it especially in the final seconds of the round. In the second round Babic dealt out plenty of punishment with little return from Little. In the third round Babic scored a pair of knockdowns with a right on the chin for the first and with the second one from an accumulation of punches to the body and chin. Referee Bob Williams started to count but wisely waved it off.
“I’m very happy with this performance. Tom came in really good shape. I think I broke knuckles on both hands. I wasn’t nervous at all. It was like a walk in the park. I wanted to stop him in the first round,” said Babic.
Super Middleweight Ben Ridings, 3-1 (0), #164 ¾, of Bury, Lancashire, UK, lost to Jez Smith, 12-2-1 (5), #165 ¾, of Harrow Weald, Middlesex, UK, over 6 rounds.
In the first three rounds Smith had his was being busier than Ridings. In the fifth round Ridings did better landing a good right uppercut to the chin halfway through the round, but was out landed over all. In the sixth and final round in spite of a bloody nose Ridings landed several left hooks to the chin as Smith started showboating and Ridings may have taken the round.
Score 60-54 by referee Bob Williams with this writer 59-55.
“I’m absolutely over the moon. I took this fight on five days notice. I’m no super middleweight. I want to get back into the gym and back to super welterweight,” said Smith.