Conor Benn harshly judged against Nigel and faces examination against Algieri

There is an in-built scepticism against sons of famous dads. They get judged very harshly.

It prevented my son Shane from pursuing a pro career after success in the Irish amateurs.

I believe he would have been a good pro, but he felt he would only ever be judged through the Barry McGuigan prism, which is unfair.

Conor Benn is dealing with the same thing. He is not as big as his dad or as explosive. Nigel was incredibly exciting because there was also a vulnerability about him.

There is nothing more compelling in all of sport than a fighter climbing off the deck to win, as Nigel did spectacularly against Anthony Logan and Doug Dewitt.

Conor had to do that himself against Cedric Peynaud at the York Hall three years ago. He showed guts and spirit to turn that around on a night when things just didn’t go right.

Learning how to cope when things do not go to plan is an important rite of passage for any boxer.

Benn has improved a lot since then and faces a solid examination of that progress against Chris Algieri in Liverpool on Saturday.

Algieri has lost just three times, all to world class opponents, and stopped only once by Errol Spence. Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao were both taken the distance.

But he does go down, which at this stage of Benn’s development makes him an ideal opponent. He comes with a big reputation and will give Benn good, educational rounds.

Peter Simms is doing a great job with Benn in training. His dad Nigel is involved as a mentor, which is very important.

What he needs now it ring time to build top quality experience. If he blows Algieri away I will be very impressed.

Algieri is a beautiful boxer, technically sound, moves well with quick hands. And he is much tougher than he looks.

He is also tall and upright, which will encourage Benn to get in close and stay on top of him. That is his game.

I’m not sure Conor has his old man’s power but he is exciting to watch. I fancy him to win but the question is where does he go next?

Between them Terence Crawford, arguably the best fighter in the world, and Spence hold three of the welterweight world titles.

Both are considerably beyond Benn’s experience at this juncture. So it’s about taking each fight as it comes and getting the job done.

Benn is still only 25. There is plenty of time to sharpen his craft, which is what he needs to do to be ready when those big fights come along.

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