Conor Benn [17-0, 11 K0s] hit super gutsy Sebastian Formella [22-2, 10 KOs] with everything but the kitchen sink at Wembley Arena in London, England Saturday night.
Benn, whose improvement is quite obvious, had to settle for 10-round unanimous decision.
The scores were 100-91, 99-91, and 99-92. Benn was sharp the entire 10 rounds, stinging Formella with punches in bunches. The iron chinned German somehow stayed upright and fought back when he could.
“I trained hard. I feel I get better every time,” said Benn. “I’m going to be world champion.”
Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) hurt Richard Lartey (14-4, 11 KOs) with an inside left hook, then knocked out the bigger man with a sweeping right in round two. Wardley tried to land something big in the opening stanza, but Wardley out boxed him.
The time was 1:22.
Good friends Alen Babic and Tom Little went three exciting rounds in heavyweight action. Babic (6-0, 6 KOs) stalked forward, landing many thudding shots – while Little occasionally returned fire with sharp uppercuts and hooks. Perhaps Little (10-9, 3 KOs) thought Babic might wear himself out. Didn’t happen. Babic kept punching until Little crumbled to the canvas. Time was 2:38.
Jez Smith, who had been stopped in his previous two fights, moved up to middleweight and outclassed Ben Ridings (3-1 0 KOs) over six rounds. Smith (12-2-1, 5 KOs) found his rhythm in round two and that was that. Referee scored the fight 60-54 for Smith.
Liam Davis (8-0, 3 KOs) used his right hand consistently to capture the vacant English bantamweight title by stoppage over Sean Cairns. Davis took over in the first round. Cairns tried to rally in round two, but Davis was just better.