Conor Benn is walking the toughest walk in boxing, following in the footsteps of a famous father.
All those who chose to follow a world champion into the ring come with baggage. That baggage is the comparison with dad from the moment you throw a punch.
It’s not fair but it is the reality. Every detail is contrasted. Can he punch like his dad? Can he take a shot like his dad? That’s a tough gig.
I have met Conor several times and I like him. He is smaller than his dad, a welterweight as opposed to a super middleweight.
In the early stages of his career I felt he showed everything a bit too early, tried to KO everybody.
His knockout rate is decent but you have to measure that against the quality of opponents.
Benn has certainly not fought anyone in the class of Sebastian Formella, his opponent at Wembley on Saturday night.
Formella is well schooled having had more than 150 amateur fights. He is rugged and durable with a great chin. But he is not a puncher.
His only defeat in 23 bouts came last time out in August against Shawn Porter.
Formella stood for 12 rounds against Porter, which tells you a deal about both fighters.
Porter is incredibly tough and resilient with stamina to burn. The one part of the jigsaw that eludes him is power.
He unloaded his full arsenal on Formella, won every round but could not put him away.
That has to be Benn’s target at Wembley since, like his father, he relies on his power.
I don’t know if he has his father’s relentless ferocity. He can wallop, but does he have the other ingredients world class fighters must have?
That is a question he has to go some way towards answering against Formella. I hope he can run through this guy and show us he has world class potential.
The object is not just to beat Formella, it’s about the way he wins.
He has not fought for a year, largely because of Covid. His father was concerned about returning at a time when purses are compromised behind closed doors.
I think he made the right call. It was time to get back on the horse.
If you disappear for 12 months it does not work in this business. You have to be visible and be making an impact.
This is Benn’s opportunity to do just that.