Betting preview: Conor Benn to destroy an old and inactive Chris Algieri

Benn is only a couple of fights away from a potential world title shot and is looking to deliver a spectacular performance in Liverpool.

Conor "The Destroyer" Benn takes a significant step-up in class when he makes a quick return to action in December against former WBO junior welterweight world champion, Chris Algieri.

Set for December 11 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, Benn (19-0) faces the 37-year-old Algieri (25-3) over 10 rounds in the welterweight division, having claimed a points decision win over Adrian Granados in September.

While Algieri is perhaps not the big-name Benn might have been looking for, with fights against the likes of Adrien Broner and Amir Khan mooted, the veteran American brings a credible CV, having shared a ring with the likes of Manny PacquiaoErrol Spence Jr and the aforementioned Khan.

Of course, Algieri lost all three of those big fights, but the New York native has been stopped just once against the supremely talented Spence Jr, and Benn should take nothing for granted, despite entering as a heavy odds on favourite.

Still, having fought just four times in over five years, questions over whether how much Algieri really has to offer are legitimate.

The Fighting Collegian's best days are likely in the past, and with just one big-name win on his resume, it's fair to say that if Benn can't get past the New Yorker, talk of a world-title tilt would quickly disappear for the son of the great former middleweight champion, Nigel Benn.

What's been said?

To headline in a city like Liverpool, you need to be in the ring against a world-class operator," said Benn. "Chris has done it all, a former world champion and exactly the opponent I need to gain experience from.

"We expect Algieri to bring his best, but I want him deep in the trenches with me, I want to use this opportunity to display my skills and ability against a quality fighter to prepare me and take another step closer to a world title. A former world champ versus a very, very hungry contender, I can't wait."

"This has a big fight feel to it, and I'm thrilled to be back on this type of stage," said Algieri. "The UK has brilliant fans, and I'm looking forward to performing in front of those legendary crowds.

"It will be a masterclass with me utilizing my deep bag of skills and experience. Benn is hungry and tough, but this is a huge step up in class for him. I'm coming to show that it's not his time yet. I still got the goods, and the world will see it once again come fight night."

"The UK has brilliant fans, and I'm looking forward to performing in front of those legendary crowds. December 11th will be a masterclass with me utilizing my deep bag of skills and experience.

Where and when?

The bout will headline on December 11 from M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.

What's on the line?

No titles are on the line for this welterweight contest. However, both men, at contrasting points of their career, badly need the win.

Where can I watch it?

Benn vs Algieri will be broadcast live on DAZN.

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Tale of the Tape

Name: Conor Benn

Nickname: The Destroyer

Residence: Greenwich, London, England

Pre-fight record: 19-0

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5 ft 8 in

Reach: 68 in

Rounds boxed: 78

KO Percentage: 63%

Name: Chris Algieri

Nickname: The Fighting Collegian

Residence: New York, US

Pre-fight record: 25-3

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5 ft 10 in

Reach: 72 in

Rounds boxed: 199

KO Percentage: 32%

Where's the value?

An undoubted underdog, Algieri has always proven to be a tough operator, going the distance with Manny Pacquiao back in 2016. Algieri suffered several knock-downs in that fight but showed plenty of heart and determination to make it to the final bell.

Of course, now at the back end of his career, it remains to be seen how much left the former WBO champion has to offer at this level. However, Benn, at just 25, brings bad intentions to recent fights and seems hungry to step out of the shadow of his father and will likely take the fight to an opponent twelve years his senior.

Early fight odds have Benn as short as 1/8 to claim the expected victory with Algieri available at a big 7/1. While the bookies are rarely wrong, they would appear to have written off a fighter who, while surely past his best, should still represent a stiff challenge for the relatively inexperienced Benn.

As such, it might pay to bet on this fight going beyond six rounds, with Algieri going the distance in eight of his last ten bouts since 2014.

Ultimately, Benn should be expected to get the job done, but Algieri is unlikely to buckle early, and we envisage a late Benn stoppage or a points decision victory for the unbeaten Londoner.

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