Conor Benn nearly quit boxing for old job decorating but now wants world titles

Conor Benn considered quitting boxing when he struggled against French journeyman Cedrick Peynaud.

The son of British boxing great Nigel was ready to go back to his trade of painting and decorating at that point.

Benn, 24, was put down by the Frenchman in the first round of their 2017 clash but battled back in the bout to score his own knockdowns.

The referee's decision to award Benn the bout was still favourable and he didn't really shine in the rematch seven months later.

He revealed he was tempted to return to the job he did while living in Australia before he returned to the UK to turn professional.

But 'The Destroyer' knuckled down instead and battled his doubts to push on with his career in the ring.

Now he has got a chance to take a huge step up by taking on German welterweight Sebastian Formella on Saturday night at Wembley Arena.

Formella went the distance with former world champion Shawn Porter last time out so will test the credentials of Benn.

He said: “I had doubts in my head, I had the angel on one side and the devil on another saying 'Go ahead and call it quits go back to painting and decorating'.

“Even now, do I sometimes doubt myself? Of course I do.

“I train out of fear of losing.

“But the flip side is if I was confident and thought I was all that and a bag of chips, would I train as hard as I do.

“I think my fear of losing makes me train as hard as I do.”

Benn was brought to tears in an interview with Sky Sports this week as he talked about dealing with being in the UK away from his dad and the rest of his family in Australia.

But he knows the sacrifice is needed if he wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a world champion.

The Essex based welterweight said: “Being a world champion is the ultimate goal for any fighter. I'm going to have a good career, people are going to be entertained and think 'Yeah he's a good fighter'.”

*Conor Benn is an ambassador for fitness hydration drink WOWHydrate

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