• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Conor Benn and Campbell Hatton continue to rise under Eddie Hearn and legendary names will bring back memories of dad’s biggest fights from Chris Eubank and Kostya Tszyu to Floyd Mayweather, while Benn’s power felt like ‘having your teeth broken’

 Exclusive: Conor Benn and Campbell Hatton continue to rise under Eddie Hearn and legendary names will bring back memories of dad’s biggest fights from Chris Eubank and Kostya Tszyu to Floyd Mayweather, while Benn’s power felt like ‘having your teeth broken’


Campbell Hatton and Conor Benn were set to get back in the ring this weekend to continue the legacy their famous surnames have.

Unfortunately, the latter’s march towards a world title challenge will have to wait. Benn tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and has had to pull out of his clash with Adrian Granados.

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The apples don’t fall far from the tree with the Hatton and Benn families

Sons of British boxing legends Ricky and Nigel, the duo know all about the achievements of their dads as they take the next steps on their path to greatness under, Eddie Hearn, with Campbell still fighting in the back garden of Matchroom HQ.

Benn and Hatton poured their heart and soul into boxing, appearing in the biggest bouts and gaining respect from the biggest names.

Defining fights

Kostya Tszyu vs. Ricky Hatton: 4 June, 2005

At light-welterweight, Hatton was considered one of the most explosive fighters in the world, but not in the same league as then IBF and The Ring champion, Tszyu.

The Australian was considered one of the pound-for-pound best in the world when the pair met in 2005, but Hatton stunned the champion with his durability and relentless pressure.

After Tsyzu failed to answer the bell at the start of the 12th round, Hatton became a world champion and pulled off one of the great British victories in decades.

Hatton was a two-weight world champion, who upset the odds against Tszyu in 2005

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Hatton was a two-weight world champion, who upset the odds against Tszyu in 2005

In his next four fights, Hatton unified light-welterweight titles and captured the WBA welterweight title, too. That would secure him career-high fights against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, both of which he lost.

Nigel Benn vs Chris Eubank: 18 November, 1990

Benn Snr’s legacy is very closely tied to Eubank Snr. The pair fought twice during their careers – in 1990 and 1993 – and became one of the hottest rivalries in British boxing history.

When the pair first met, Benn was defending his WBO middleweight title for just the second time and Eubank finished him via TKO in the ninth round.

When they met again three years later, Benn was the WBC super-middleweight champion and Eubank held the WBO super-middleweight belt.

Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared the ring for two epic battles in the ’90s

Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared the ring for two epic battles in the ’90s

The fight took place in front of 42,000 fans at Old Trafford and more than 500 million fans watched it worldwide. While it wasn’t as brutal as their first encounter, it was tight with both men desperately trying to win, and maybe trying even harder not to lose.

The final round is generally considered one of the all-time greats in british boxing.

Both men went for the kill after being told they needed the round to win. With one judge scoring in favour of each man and the third scoring it a 114-114 draw, the pair retained their titles.

They never did fight again despite talk of a lucrative date at Wembley.

Legendary boxing promoter Don King had written into the contract that both the winner and loser would join his stable of fighters after the bout, but he said nothing about it being a draw and as a result, neither did.

What people said about them

“I take my hat off to Ricky Hatton; he was a true warrior and a true champion,” Floyd Mayweather said of Hatton having beaten him in their glamour fight in Vegas in 2007.

Hatton and Mayweather locked horns on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, with the American emerging victorious

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Hatton and Mayweather locked horns on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, with the American emerging victorious

Hugely popular, approximately 30,000 British fans flew out to Vegas to see ‘The Hitman’ take on Mayweather

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Hugely popular, approximately 30,000 British fans flew out to Vegas to see ‘The Hitman’ take on Mayweather

“There’s not many people that can get Manchester United fans and Manchester City fans to sit and cheer for the same person,” Glenn McCrory added of the sizeable following Hatton brought with him.

“He got the whole of Manchester and the whole of the country behind him. I’ve seen it first hand myself with the whole of the North East turned out for me in a fight that I wasn’t backed to win.”

“The barmy army and all the travelling Ricky Hatton fans – those were special moments,” journalist Nick Peet of The Fight Disciples told talkSPORT.

“The Pacquiao [fight] one really stands out because of the atmosphere outside with the Manchester fans and the Filipino fans.”

Legendary promoter Bob Arum called Nigel Benn the ‘most exciting fighter in the world,’ back in 1990, while WBO middleweight and super-middleweight Collins has previously given insight into how he got his ‘Dark Destroyer’ nickname.

Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank

Nigel Benn was an all-action middleweight

He described being hit by Benn has “like having your teeth broken…Yeah, sickening. That’s what it felt like, it was sickening….you feel the searing pain, then it’s gone in an instant.”

Carrying the name on

Campbell Hatton is in the early stages of his professional career. He doesn’t have much of an amatuer background, but under the tutelage of uncle Matthew and father Ricky, he’s 2-0 in his career so far.

He’s yet to find a KO thus far, though, with two decisions to his name. Of course, power punching was one of his dad’s trademarks.

Hatton Jr is in the early stages of his professional boxing career

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Hatton Jr is in the early stages of his professional boxing career

Hatton’s ring walk brought the memories flooding back

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Hatton’s ring walk brought the memories flooding back

Conor Benn is 18-0 and is a thriving welterweight on the verge of a world title opportunity.

Benn joined Matchroom this summer on a five-fight deal as he seeks to get the biggest fights possible and that was due to start with Granados at Fight Camp. There’s hope the fight can take place in August once Benn has recovered.

He has scored 12 knockouts in his 18 victories and has real credentials to be a top fighter.

“He’s going to be much better than me, I can say that,” Nigel said of his son in April.

“I couldn’t box. Have a fight? I’d have it! Box? Forget it, I’d just have a war.

“Sometimes I knocked people out then said: ‘Was it the left or the right?’ I didn’t know! I just had the power.

“I couldn’t box like Conor. He has good movement and a lovely style.”

His last outing, against Samuel Varga, brought with it a huge statement and he told talkSPORT advice from the old man certainly helped.

Benn beat Vargas with a first round TKO in April

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Benn beat Vargas with a first round TKO in April

“When I hit him with that one-two, it just went like round the ear.

“He stumbled and I thought, ‘Yeah, he felt that,’ and then I just jumped straight on him.

“My dad said to me, ‘Son, when you see an opening, pounce on him.’

“That was my last message from my dad. I messaged him straight after and went, ‘Yeah dad, I pounced on him.’”

Nigel Benn has supported Conor all the way

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Nigel Benn has supported Conor all the way





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