‘Getting emotional before a fight is never a great sign’: Eddie Hearn admits concerns over Conor Benn after son of legendary middleweight Nigel broke down in tears ahead of crucial bout with Sebastian Formella
- Eddie Hearn is worried that Conor Benn’s pre-fight tears are ‘not a great sign’
- Benn broke down during a Sky interview ahead of Sebastian Formella bout
- The 24-year-old was emotional explaining the sacrifices he has made
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is worried that Conor Benn’s pre-fight tears are ‘not a great sign’ ahead of his bout with Sebastian Formella.
The 24-year-old broke down in tears during a Sky Sports interview on Wednesday as he explained the sacrifices he has made to chase his dream of becoming a professional fighter.
An emotional Benn explained that not being around his family members can cause him to become frustrated, as weak internet connection saw him be unable to talk to his little sister on her birthday.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is worried that Conor Benn’s pre-fight tears are ‘not a great sign’
The 24-year-old broke down in tears as he explained the sacrifices he has to make to fight
Hearn admitted that the tears were not ideal for the son of boxing legend Nigel, but believes he could thrive under the pressure as he tries to create a legacy in the welterweight division.
‘Getting emotional before a fight, like that, is never a great sign and part of that could be to do with the pressure,’ Hearn told the Sun.
‘But people don’t realise that he left his home in Australia to come here on his own, as a kid, to try to make it as a fighter.
‘People rarely realise the sort of sacrifices fighters have to make.
‘I have had it myself where people think ‘you’ve got a famous and successful dad, it’s bloody easy for you’.
‘Yes Conor did walk in to a promotional deal with us but that brings with it huge pressure to create your own name.
‘I think maybe we saw that a little bit in that video clip.’
Benn tried to organise a fight for the British title but could not get a deal done with current champion Chris Jenkins.
Instead, he will enter the ring against a rather unknown and potentially dangerous entity in Sebastian Formella – who Hearn believes could be a risk.
Hearn believes rather unknown and potentially dangerous Sebastian Formella could be a risk
‘Formella has not turned up here to lose, he is here with a massive and expensive team, not the usual one trainer or dad who comes over to save money,’ he added.
‘Formella is here because he believes he can come and upset Conor, because there is massive pressure on Conor, like there always has been.
‘It’s a very nervous time now because we think Conor is good enough and he is ready but he has never boxed anyone at this level to confirm it.
‘But his trainer Tony Sims, in particular, has seen everything he has done in the gym and he is sure he is ready.’