Conor Benn vs Sebastian Formella
Conor Benn faces his toughest assignment on paper this Saturday night.The show is set to take place this Saturday night at the SSE Arena after Dillian Whyte's rematch with Alexander Povetkin was postponed.Their Sky Sports Box Office show becomes a regular Sky offering, with Conor Benn now the main attraction.Benn (16-0, KO11) is taking on, […]

Conor Benn faces his toughest assignment on paper this Saturday night.

The show is set to take place this Saturday night at the SSE Arena after Dillian Whyte's rematch with Alexander Povetkin was postponed.

Their Sky Sports Box Office show becomes a regular Sky offering, with Conor Benn now the main attraction.

Benn (16-0, KO11) is taking on, what seems on paper, his most difficult task yet, when he faces 33-year-old German Sebastian Formella (22-1, KO10). Benn's WBA Continental Welterweight title will be on the line over twelve rounds.

Benn is of course the son of legendary 'Dark Destroyer' Nigel Benn, and has been working his way through the pro ranks since his transfer in April 2016.

The 24 year old "Destroyer" is a rude type of fighter who is not afraid to go on the attack.

However, that was what nearly cost him in December 2017 when he met Cedrick Peynaud over six years old in what seemed like a routine night for the Essex man. He would be knocked down twice in the first round at York Hall, before rallying to score two knockouts in a points victory.

Benn showed his maturity in a rematch more than seventeen months later, using controlled boxing skills on his way to a wide points victory for the vacant WBA belt he still holds. Benn was last seen just over a year ago at the O2 Arena, stopping Steve Jamoye in four innings.

Conor Benn showed signs of himself with a spectacular second round knockout victory over Jussi Koivula.
Conor Benn showed signs of himself with a spectacular second round knockout victory over Jussi Koivula.

His opponent at Wembley this weekend is a big step forward in the classroom, at least to what Benn has been used to.

Formella is a former IBO champion, having scored a slight surprise by beating Thulani Mbenge on the cards in July of last year. The Hamburg man made a belt defense in January this year, comfortably ahead of Roberto Arriaza in Germany.

The victory led to an opportunity in America in August for the vacant WBC Silver belt, but Formella regained her level by losing every round to former World Champion Shawn Porter.

Benn's handlers obviously saw a chance to add a decent name to their man's record, but the German will always have the ambition to win here.

Prediction: Benn wants to move to the continental level and beyond, and will want to get rid of Formella here to make that ambition a reality.

Formella was routed by Shawn Porter, but lasted the entire distance, and I expect him to do the same here in what should be a big points win for Conor.

Fabio Wardley arrested Simon Vallily to win the England heavyweight crown Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
Fabio Wardley arrested Simon Vallily to win the England heavyweight crown Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing

Ipswich's Fabio Wardley (9-0, KO8) takes on an experienced man facing Ghana's current national heavyweight crop, Richard Lartey (14-3, KO11).

It is scheduled for ten o'clock. Wardley is on an eight-fight knockout streak, and his latest came in an impressive third-round stoppage by Simon Vallily in August at Matchroom headquarters.

Lartey has fought on the British shores in his last two games, the first being a fun fourth round knockout loss to Daniel Dubois in April 2019. He was last seen last month, losing a near shutout in a sleeper against Nathan Gorman. Lartey was primarily in survival mode for the duration of the fight.

Prediction: It would be a good statement if Wardley could pull Lartey off on time, but the African was barely in danger against Nathan Gorman and was doing well. If Lartey can weather the inevitable storm early, it will be difficult to see Wardley's points win.

The second heavyweight offer includes Alen Babic (5-0, KO5) and the Croatian looks to keep his KO record with another early victory, this time with Tom Little (10-8, KO3).

Alen Babic has won four professional victories Photo credit: Matchroom Boxing
Alen Babic has won five professional victories Photo credit: Matchroom Boxing

Babic has mostly feasted on small heavyweights so far, but Little with represents a big man of good faith to him. There is little with quality opposition, stopped by Filip Hrgovic, Daniel Dubois, Mahammadrasul Majidov and David Price, but tends to do a few laps.

Prediction: Babic is rude, and sometimes wide open, and Little will want to check the Croatian chin as soon as possible. With early losses in his last four outings, Little will want to do himself justice, but I think Babic can force the save in about four laps.

There is a vacant England bantamweight title up for grabs as Telford's Liam Davies (7-0, KO2) faces Liverpool's Sean Cairns (7-2, KO1) for a belt left by Marc Leach.

Davies is fresh at 24 and holds a victory over delicate mate Brett Fidoe in his last fight in February. Fidoe defeated Cairns in November 2018 and was also defeated by Sean McGoldrick in his next bout of six.

Davies should be able to clinch the crown on the scoreboards here.



A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your se reproduire should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with satisfaisant form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour minimum ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another frapper beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw short hooks, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the frapper to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ puncher then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. to assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed boxer should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a 45 degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about 7. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the frapper to defend or attack from a balanced position. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving sport, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a bermuda swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the boxer open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on effet. Keep the left hand in a guarding place to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before impact. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the frapper to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the puncher off balance.

conclusion to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed puncher will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the frapper must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the puncher to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed puncher.


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