By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Conor Benn does not want his newborn son to continue the family’s fighting heritage, insisting he often regrets ever following in his own father’s footsteps.
Benn’s wife Victoria gave birth to Eli back in January and this weekend the British welterweight can move closer towards a world title with victory over Samuel Vargas.
Conor’s vast improvements have helped shrink the shadow of his father Nigel, one of Britain’s most loved fighters who won belts at both middleweight and super-middleweight. But the 24-year-old wants Eli to move into accountancy or anything ‘normal’. Anything but boxing.
‘I don’t want my son to fight,’ he said. ‘Be something peaceful, don’t even be famous. Being known presents its own struggles and you’ve always got a target on your back. Be something normal – an accountant, a lawyer, I don’t know.’
The welterweight admits the criticism that comes with life in the limelight has occasionally left him regretting not staying Down Under – where he grew up comfortable thanks to Nigel’s fine career.
‘If I am honest, if I could go back now, I probably would have stayed in Australia cooking on the barbeque with my dad, enjoying life and not having to worry,’ Benn said.
‘I do sometimes think I am mad for not choosing that life, I really mean that… the critics really can drain away at your love for the sport, it can make you not enjoy boxing. I love the fighting, the fighting is the best bit, but those small sections of the public can hurt.’