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Q&A: Conor Benn

Con heir: Benn is hoping to live up to the family name PICTURE: GETTY

The Londoner, son of former British world champion Nigel Benn, fights Jussi Koivula for the WBA continental welterweight title at York Hall on Friday night

Have you had criticism of your all-out style?

I’ve had criticism but you become numb to it. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of me, I know what I’m about. The reason they want me as the main event on Friday is I’m an entertaining fighter and that comes naturally.

Do opponents try to slow you down now?

I want people coming to my fights to get value for money. I don’t know how to fight and not be entertaining. I’m expecting Koivula to come out and think I’m a little boy. He’s experienced and he’ll come out swinging, but I’ll let him know what it’s all about.

Are you in a hurry to be a full world champion?

I’m only young (22) and if you rush it can go pear-shaped. People say I should step up but I still need to learn, work on my ring craft, deal with the pressure on the night. Why should I rush?

How involved is your dad Nigel in your career?

He’s my dad but if I’d listened to half the things he’d told me to do, I don’t know if it would have gone down well in this day and age! He admires me I think — he wishes he had known what I know now, the science of boxing. But he’s a living legend. It does open doors but by now people would have found out if I was a fraud or not.

You’re unbeaten. Is boxing obsessed with a fighter’s ‘zero’ these days?

It’s a hard one — everyone likes to stay undefeated but defeat will come for all fighters, sometimes against someone who shouldn’t have beaten you at all. It’s how you come back — you learn more from a loss.

Do you sympathise with Anthony Joshua after his defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr?

As a pro, if you lose people say you’re done. What nonsense. The mindset of a fighter is to come back ten times stronger. It ain’t for the faint-hearted, this.

■ Watch Benn v Koivula live on Sky Sports and DAZN