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Conor Benn admits he couldn’t follow dad Nigel’s wild lifestyle in today’s world as he prepares to become a father

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DAD-TO-BE Conor Benn will not leave the next Benneration any unanswered questions about his career.

The British welterweight, 24, and girlfriend Victoria are set to make his legendary father and former two-weight world champion Nigel a proud grandad in early 2021.

Conor Benn announced his partner Victoria is pregnant

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Conor Benn announced his partner Victoria is pregnant

Dark Destroyer Nigel, 56, infamously became middle and super-middleweight king while juggling a wild personal life, smoking 20-a-day, puffing cannabis and popping ecstasy.

Clean-living Conor has no idea how he managed it.

And he refuses to dwell on whether his dad might have beaten rivals like Chris Eubank and Steve Collins with a bit more dedication.

But he knows he will leave the hurt business with no hangover, no comedown and no regrets.

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Benn Jr takes on German Sebastian Formella on the undercard of Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin 2 on November 21.

He said of his dad: “It baffles me how he achieved what he did with the lifestyle he was living.

“Maybe that is what made him the fighter he was?

“If you take away from one element, do you detract from another?

Nigel Benn infamously became middle and super-middleweight king while juggling a wild personal life

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Nigel Benn infamously became middle and super-middleweight king while juggling a wild personal lifeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Clean-living Conor says 'my body is a temple and health is your wealth'

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Clean-living Conor says ‘my body is a temple and health is your wealth’Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

“There are loads of fighters from the past who burned the candle at both ends but it made them the fighters they were, for some reason.

“I don’t know how my dad lived the way he did but it does make me realise he is a special type of man.

“I do sometimes sit down and wonder what he would have been like if he boxed today, with the sports science and lifestyles that fighters have.

“My body is a temple and health is your wealth.

“I have not wasted this lockdown. I have been on weight the whole time and have not stopped training.

“Everyone will see with this next fight what we have been working on and how much I have put in to get to the level I want to be at.”

Benn has had a target on his tattooed back since he made his professional debut on the undercard when Anthony Joshua won his first world title against Charles Martin back in 2016.

With just 22 amateur bouts in Australia, rivals were angry the 10st 7lb novice was starring ahead of them.

Benn had just 22 amateur bouts in Australia before turning pro

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Benn had just 22 amateur bouts in Australia before turning pro Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The list of older and more experienced welterweights who have tried to undermine and offer out Benn is endless

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The list of older and more experienced welterweights who have tried to undermine and offer out Benn is endlessCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Benn has won 16 fights with 11 knockouts

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Benn has won 16 fights with 11 knockouts Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

The list of older and more experienced welterweights who have tried to undermine and offer out Benn is endless but he is trying to rise above all the nonsense.

He added: “The biggest difference between me and the rest of the British welterweights is I wish them well.

“I see people slagging me off and I can’t imagine feeling that way towards somebody.

“I want all the Brits to do well, so the domestic welterweight scene is respected as much as the American one.

“I want the British welterweight division to be the best in the world and don’t understand why they don’t share that vision.

“These domestic welterweights need to stay in their lane, better themselves and then we can have big domestic fights when they have something to bring to the table.

“I am a big-money fight in this country but I am not letting them use me.”

Benn has had a target on his tattooed back since he made his professional debut

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Benn has had a target on his tattooed back since he made his professional debutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Benn with training partner John Ryder, far right, and trainer Tony Sims, far left,

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Benn with training partner John Ryder, far right, and trainer Tony Sims, far left,
SunSport's Wally Downes Jr talks to unbeaten Benn

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SunSport’s Wally Downes Jr talks to unbeaten BennCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Boxer Conor Benn has BEARD TRANSPLANT and LOVES the results

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Ajax 0 Liverpool 1 LIVE REACTION: Tagliafico own goal hands Reds all three points in Champions League group stage opener

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FT: AJAX 0-1 LIVERPOOL

Brilliant result for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, with the week they’ve had with injuries, getting off to a winning start and a clean sheet was just what the doctor ordered!

Ajax came at Liverpool in the second half but much like the first half, there was no end product when it really mattered.

Klopp wasn’t taking any risks with his fabulous front three, taking them off for Jota, Minamino and Shaqiri.

The switch of attackers didn’t really stop Liverpool from playing the way they wanted to play.

Jota and co did a good job of dropping deep and catching Ajax on a quick counter attack and it even created chances to extend the Reds lead, notably at the end when Wijnaldum was picked out with a wonderful ball by Jota.

Liverpool pick up all three points and it’s a winning start to the 2020-21 Champions League campaign.

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Manchester City 3-1 FC Porto: Ferran Torres’ second club goal adds to Ilkay Gundogan’s wonderstrike

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Manchester City were rescued by a wonderstrike from Ilkay Gundogan and a second club goal for new signing Ferran Torres after starting badly on Wednesday night.

City fell behind after 14 minutes when Luis Diaz was able to cut across the home defence before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Ederson.

But Pep Guardiola‘s side responded when Sergio Aguero struck from the penalty spot after Pepe had fouled Raheem Sterling.

Gundogan fired City into the lead with a fine free-kick from 25 yards before Torres added gloss.

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Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

One of City's summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

One of City's summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

One of City’s summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

City's Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side's goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

City's Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side's goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

City’s Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side’s goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

 

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS 

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson 6; Walker 7, Dias 6.5, Garcia 5.5, Cancelo 5; Silva 7, Rodri 6 (Fernandinho 85mins), Gundogan 7.5 (Foden 68, 6.5); Mahrez 6, Aguero 7 (Torres 68, 7), Sterling 7

Subs not used: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Nmecha, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabe

Booked: Walker, Cancelo, Silva, Garcia.

Scorers: Aguero 20 (pen), Gundogan 65, Torres 73

Manager: Pep Guardiola 6

FC PORTO (5-4-1): Marchesin 6; Corona 6.5 (Nanu 77), Mbemba 6, Pepe 5, Sarr 6.5 (Evanilson 80), Sanusi 6.5 (Nakajima 76); Vieira 6 (Taremi 77), Oliviera 6, Uribe 7, Diaz 7 (Manafa 55, 6); Marega 6

Subs not used: Costa, Leite, Loum, Grujic, Baro, Anderson, Martinez.

Scorer: Diaz 14

Manager: Sergio Conceicao 6

Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia) 4

Player ratings by Ian Ladyman at the Etihad Stadium 

 

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A clinical strike from Porto's Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City's defence apart, finds the net

A clinical strike from Porto's Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City's defence apart, finds the net

A clinical strike from Porto’s Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City’s defence apart, finds the net

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City's Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City's Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City’s Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn't prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn't prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn’t prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City's Group C Champions League tie

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City's Group C Champions League tie

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City’s Group C Champions League tie

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he's flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he's flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he’s flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola's side in front for the first time on Wednesday night

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola's side in front for the first time on Wednesday night

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola’s side in front for the first time on Wednesday night 

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto's top left corner

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto's top left corner

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto’s top left corner

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Man City 3 Porto 1 LIVE REACTION: Aguero, Gundogan and Torres net as Pep Guardiola’s side battle back from goal down

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