Buglioni vs Summers: Conor Benn made an explosive return to the ring at London's O2 Arena
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 02/07/17 12:44pm
Conor Benn earned a devastating third round knockout over Mike Cole to mark his return to the ring at London's O2 Arena.
The 20-year-old, son of boxing great Nigel, continued his unbeaten streak in the pro game by landing a huge left hook in the third stanza that left Cole unable to continue.
Benn jumped out off the blocks and swiftly displayed his speed with a searing right hand before landing a series of clubbing hooks.
Cole bravely fought back but clearly struggled to match the variety of fast, accurate punches from Benn, who continued to march forward in the second.
'The Destroyer', quick on his feet, then explosively downed Cole with a heavy right hand straight down the pipe, as Cole's nose later bloodied towards the end of the round.
The finish came in the next as Benn displayed a ruthless, predatory instinct to find a thumping left hand that again knocked Cole down, leaving the referee no choice but to wave the contest off.
Speaking after the fight, Benn said: "It was a killer being away from the ring for so long, so I enjoyed returning. I boxed the best I've ever boxed tonight.
"It's a mental thing, but all the ability is there, it's just about dealing with the pressure on the night, but there's no pressure anymore, I've changed my mental state and am enjoying it now."