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Conor Benn.

Tony Bellew's classy reaction on Twitter following Conor Benn's stunning win

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Conor Benn is making a name for himself in the world of boxing, beating Nathan Clarke on Saturday night in the first round.

The 21-year-old welterweight is the son of former middleweight and super middleweight world champion boxer Nigel 'The Dark Destroyer' Benn.

Benn floored Clarke with his right - and his professional record since turning pro in 2016 has now been extended to 9-0.

He looked sharp from the first bell, delivering a fast right to the head which dropped Clarke for the first knockdown before levelling him with a left hook.

Within 130 seconds the fight - held at the Manchester Arena - was over.

In the lead up to the fight, Benn admitted he wants to "fight like a Mexican."

"That's my style," said Benn, as per Sky Sports. I've just been watching Erik Morales against Manny Pacquiao, or Arturo Gatti, I'd love to fight like them.

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"I've been studying them and I hope I have that style, that Mexican style. Just fight, get hit and you want to fight back. I would love to fight that way. They are just ruthless.

"If someone told me I was fighting someone called 'Alejandro Vargas', no matter how good he was, or who he'd fought, I knew I would be in for a tough night.

"Mexicans are just tough. They just come forward and let you have it."

Tony Bellew reacts on Twitter

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It was recently announced that Bellew would face a re-match with David Haye later this year.

The 34-year-old Liverpudlian was very impressed by Benn and shared his thoughts about the youngster on social media.

"So many similarities to his father" is the highest praise the 21-year-old can receive.

However, Benn must face stronger competition before he can be recognised as one of England's most exciting young boxers.

"I am a very exciting fighter," said Benn. "I've never boxed by the textbook, I've accepted that. It's now about finesse and perfecting what I do have and what I do. It's just a style people love.

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"People want to see a fight and unfortunately that's what I want. I need to calm it down and learn I don't need to be in tough fights early on, it's all about learning, so when I reach my peak, is when I am fighting for titles."

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