Crolla vs Burns: Conor Benn stops Nathan Clarke inside one round in Manchester
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 08/10/17 12:16am
Conor Benn was destructive as he viciously stopped Nathan Clarke in the first round at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, son of boxing great Nigel, continued his unbeaten streak and claimed his eighth stoppage win in the pro game after the referee mercifully waved off the contest following two devastating knockdowns.
'The Destroyer' exploded out off the blocks and his hand speed quickly became all too much for Clarke, a searing combination rocking the 27-year-old's head back in the opening seconds.
Benn then dropped his opponent with a booming right hand leaving Clarke, face bloodied and marked, sat on the canvas looking on in disbelief.
The Cheshire man bravely returned to his feet but he was not there for long as Benn, tasting blood, went on the hunt and after a devastating series of combinations, a brutal left hand landed flush that sent Clarke down.
Again he returned to his feet on unsteady legs and after relentless pressure from the unbeaten Essex star, including a punishing left hand, the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest.
Promoter Eddie Hearn afterwards confirmed that Benn's next fight will take place in the United States.
Speaking to Sky Sports following victory, Benn said: "I enjoyed that a lot, I was really nervous but it all went well. I can't remember what stopped him, I got a bit lost up in the moment.
"Now, I take my time, pick my shots and that is how you will get to world level. I am controlling my nerves better and it will only get better.
"I've been working hard in the gym and there was bound to be an improvement. I would like to be out two or three more times before the end of the year, I just want to learn and get better."