All the details you need for the WBA welterweight war
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch Conor Benn (16-0, 11KOs) clash with Sebastian Formella (22-1, 10KOs) on the 325th day of the year.
The bout takes place on Saturday, November 21, just 40 days remaining in the year, and is also the date of multiple light-heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver's birthday.
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
12 three-minute championship rounds at welterweight (147lbs).
Conor Benn's WBA Continental welterweight title is on the line. This will be his third defence of the belt since winning it in July 2018.
The ring walks for the main event are expected from 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
Coverage for Benn-Formella starts live on Sky Sports Arena at 7:00pm (Sky Channel 408).
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BBN are providing LIVE updates on the night HERE
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The event is free to view for Sky Sports subcribers.
Fabio Wardley (9-0, 8KOs) returns to action for the first time since winning the English heavyweight title back in August. He gets a tough test against Ghanian Richard Lartey (14-3, 11KOs), who only recently went 10-rounds with Nathan Gorman in October. Wardley-Lartey will provide chief support to the main event.
Full undercard in detail HERE
Everything you ever need to know about Benn-Formella can be found HERE
Conor Benn: "Formella is a world level operator. His only loss came against two-time World Champion Shawn Porter. I know a win here will make a huge statement on the world scene. I feel the critics have a lot of unanswered questions and now I have the opportunity to answer them in a globally recognised fight.
"From the outside this may look like a big step up but I have prepared extremely hard behind closed doors, working on my craft and climbing the ranks for a fight like this! It’s now time to carry the Benn name back to where it belongs and this will be another step closer to the top. Make no mistake, I’m going into this fight to destroy Formella, I want to win in true Benn style."
Sebastian Formella: "Conor is a strong undefeated man who likes to box at home," said Formella. "This will not be an easy fight. But it makes me very proud to fight in the UK this year after my debut in the USA. Of course a fight with spectators would have been even better, but to box in the UK at all is great.
"I am looking forward to this challenge. We will have a good tactic to leave the ring as the winner. We will use the short time optimally."
Eddie Hearn: "This is a huge fight for Conor and a monumental step up. We saw Formella tough it out with Shawn Porter a few months ago and he didn’t stop trying for 12 rounds and showed a great chin and a lot of heart.
"I have to give Conor a lot of credit, although he has been inactive, he hasn’t left the gym and feels that after all he has learned, now is the time to take that big leap. This is the fight that can make him a genuine World level contender - it’s sink or swim time November 21!"
More press conference quotes HERE
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I think it's a good fight for Benn against a good fighter, with an impressive record, who was an IBO World champion up until this year. Formella is good matchmaking for these reasons and he isn't much of a puncher so there's not a great deal of danger present, so it's all set up for Benn to box well to get the win. He wants to prove himself and he's not worried about how he looks or how many mistakes he makes because he's here to test himself and improve. I find him a breath of fresh and air and I think more boxers should take note. He knows he isn't the best or the full finished article but he doesn't mind how that appears and he'll happily take a knockdown or a loss to learn from it.
His German opponent went 12-rounds with Shawn Porter in his last fight, which was his only defeat, so he is no mug and Benn will have be on his very best to outbox him. I can imageine it being a very, very close fight, which I expect t go to points.
Benn has spoken a lot about how he has stayed in the gym and worked hard, so hopefully he'll be a machine when he gets in that ring and makes a big statement. I'll be predicting a points win for Conor and I'm really looking forward to this fight and seeing his improvements.”
Highly-ranked welterweight prospect Benn (16-0, 11 KOs) scored two big knockout wins in 2019, firstly obliterating Jussi Koivula with a brutal second-round stoppage in his first headline fight at York Hall in June, and then explosively knocking out Steve Jamoye in four rounds at The O2 in October.
Once-beaten Formella (22-1, 10 KOs) went on a 22-fight winning streak, picking up the IBO Welterweight crown against Roberto Arriaza in January earlier this year, before taking two-time World Champion Shawn Porter the distance in hist first career defeat in August.
Full fight preview HERE
LIAM DAVIES: 8st 5lbs 12oz
SEAN CAIRNS: 8st 5lbs 12oz
BEN RIDINGS: 11st 10lbs 12oz
JEZ SMITH: 11st 11lbs 12oz
ALEN BABIC: 15st 3lbs 8oz
TOM LITTLE: 16st 10lbs 12oz
FABIO WARDLEY: 16st 6lbs
RICHARD LARTEY: 18st 6lbs 1oz
CONOR BENN: 10st 6lbs 12oz
SEBASTIAN FORMELLA: 10st 6lbs 13oz
Betting Odds Supplied by Star Sports
Running Order (from 7pm)
Liam Davies vs Sean Cairns
10x3 vacant English bantamweight title
Ben Ridings vs Jez Smith
6x3 Middleweight contest
Alen Babic vs Tom Little
8x3 Heavyweight contest
Fabio Wardley vs Richard Lartey
10x3 Heavyweight contest
Conor Benn vs Sebastian Formella
12x3 WBA Continental welterweight title