By News Team
19th November 2020
Conor Benn faces the toughest fight of his career to date as he takes on Sebastian Formella at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
Elsewhere on the card, Tom Little makes his return to the Matchroom Boxing schedule, taking on rising heavyweight Alen Babic.
Benn will be taken into deep waters
Conor Benn’s days are numbered on the British and European welterweight scene. Long criticised for taking easy fights during his career, there can be no complaints about Benn’s opponent on Saturday. Sebastien Formella is a proven world contender, underlined not least by his performance in his last fight against Shawn Porter, a former two-time world champion.
Formella went the distance with Porter, losing by unanimous decision by all accounts, but looked no stranger to the world level scene – Benn is yet to be tested by an opponent with such credentials.
Headlining this weekend’s fight night with a win could open the door for Benn to break out as one Matchroom’s next generation of champions. It is sink or swim, however, and there can be no stone left unturned in preparation for what could be a genuine battle between two fighters with a point to prove.
Benn is priced at 4/9 to win and his opponent 7/4. Formella is durable and Benn will need to be prepared for the full 12 rounds on Saturday, but if can see the job through, he’s priced at Evens to win after going the distance.
Little too much for Babic?
Alen Babic has become a fan favourite since making his debut during the Matchroom Fight Camp series and is two wins from two in 2020.
Now he faces the toughest of those three opponents in Tom Little. Granted, Little’s record leaves much to be desired, currently on a run of four consecutive defeats. However those were no pushover fights, with Daniel Dubois, David Price and Filip Hrgovic among the opponents during that period.
Babic’s opponents at heavyweight have weighed in at around the 14 stone mark, while Little’s 16 stone average weight will cause the Croatian new problems.
But don’t be fooled – although Little may look like a soft touch, his strong boxing IQ and fast hands are enough to keep Babic on the back foot, in order to nullify the immense pressure Babic likes to enforce in the early rounds.