Conor Benn vs Chris Algieri: Preview and prediction
Conor Benn, son of former champion Nigel Benn, will face former WBO champion Chris Algieri in a ten round bout.
The bout will be broadcast on DAZN, and is a great showdown for the welterweight division. Although there are no titles on the line, whoever wins will cement themselves as one of the top contenders in the division.
Let’s take a look at what to expect on Saturday night.
Conor Benn vs. Chris Algieri: Preview
Conor Benn is one of the UK’s brightest prospects. Since debuting in 2016, he has amassed a stellar 19-0 undefeated record, with twelve of those wins coming by way of knockout.
In his last three fights he has stepped up in competition, with his most recent win being his best. In September of this year he dominated a durable contender, Adrian Granados, which set him up for this big fight with Chris Algieri.
Algieri, meanwhile, is an established veteran at 147 pounds. The 37-year-old fighter is a former WBO junior welterweight champion and has fought some of the best at welterweight. The main criticism of Algieri is that he has always been good, but never the best.
His most notable fights were against Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Errol Spence Jr. But since the loss to Spence Jr. in 2016, he has won four straight fights, the most recent being a unanimous decision win over Mikkel LesPierre in August.
Conor Benn vs. Chris Algieri: Prediction.
This is really the biggest test of Benn’s career, and we’re going to learn a lot from it. Benn’s punching power is incredible, and his speed is great for the division. While he is still unproven against top level talent, he has shown that he has the ability to adapt.
In his previous bout against Granados, Benn went head hunting early on. However, he soon saw that he wasn’t going to be able to easily defeat the veteran, so he adapted and outworked “Tiger” en route to a lopsided decision. However, he was a bit unhappy that he didn’t get the knockout win in the end.
Adaptability is what Benn will need on Saturday night. Algieri has one of the best chins in the game, as seen in his loss to Pacquiao in 2014. Despite Pacquiao knocking Algieri down six times, the legend couldn’t secure the finish.
Algieri is older at the age of 37, but there’s a reason he remains one of the best gatekeepers in the division. While he’s not an electric knockout artist, nor one of the most physically gifted fighters, he’s a great technician. He has tons of ring smarts and experience that will work in his favor in this fight.
However, that won’t be enough to get the win in this one.
Conor Benn is the younger fighter, and at this stage of his career, he lacks the experience that Algieri has. However, his punching power and speed will be enough to get the win.
He will be tested by Algieri, but he will pass the test. In a ten round fight, I see Benn doing enough to get a decision win.