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CONOR BENN wants to become a “mini Mike Tyson” on his US boxing debut.
Benn, 21, who is the son of British boxing legend Nigel Benn, has had an exciting start to his professional career with seven knockouts from his first nine fights and no defeats.
Speaking to Sky Sports as he prepares to face off in New York on November 11, he said: “Instead of fighting like a Mexican, I will be coming out like a mini Tyson.”
Talking about making his American debut at the Nassau Coliseum, Benn said as soon as he heard Mike Tyson fought there back in the day, he knew he wanted to fight like one of the sport’s best ever.
He added: “As soon as someone told me he’d boxed there back in the day, it was the obvious one. The Mexicans can wait. I am going to go out to New York and come out like Tyson.
“Fighting at York Hall was a great experience, but come on — New York? I am genuinely buzzing.
“I’m content I’ve got another fight date, it’s in New York, in America and that is going to be another great experience.”
Benn is looking for his tenth win as he heads overseas for the first time, and is hoping that the American fight fans like his style, just like they warmed to his father.
The 21-year-old said: “I hope they like my style out in New York – I think they will.
“I think it will gel with the supporters out there and they will know my name after my dad fought against Doug DeWitt and Iran Barkley out there, so it would be nice to get the support from the Americans.”
Benn is looking to make the British public proud of his achievements in the ring, just like they are with Anthony Joshua.
He added: “I want the Brits to be proud of me. Not just those in London, Manchester or Liverpool. I want all of Britain to be proud of me.
“[I want] Scotland, Wales, all of the British fans to be backing me, just like they do AJ.”
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