Conor Benn hits out at Twitter trolls as he sends advice to Campbell Hatton

Conor Benn admits dealing with social media trolls makes him think he may have been better off cooking on the BBQ Down Under than looking to fire himself to a world title.

Being the son of a famous fighting father means Benn reckons he has to deal with more online abuse than other rising stars.

It is why he reached out to Campbell Hatton – son of Ricky – ahead of his recent debut to offer him some advice.

But Benn, son of two-weight world champion Nigel, sometimes wishes he stayed in Australia with his dad rather than following him into the sport.

“I reached out because I like Campbell,” said welterweight Benn, who faces Samuel Vargas this weekend at the Copper Box in London.

“I remember how I felt when I was getting the same treatment so for him to be getting it now, it upsets me.

“Anyone walking in similar shows to me, I am happy to give advice to.

“I am not like every other boxer, there is more to my life than what’s in between those ropes.

“Some people will never be happy and it is just the way it is.

“Looking back at my debut, if I could have got a bit of advice, it would have been ’not everyone is going to like or understand you’.

“People have every right to their views on me and that’s fine but it doesn’t make the criticism, hate and spitefulness, that comes at me almost every day, any easier to tolerate.

“I am just trying to be a nice kid but it feels like jealous and bitter people cannot control their hatred and spite.

“Campbell just needs to ignore all the jealousy and bitterness and people calling him ‘daddy’s boy’.

“He has chosen the hardest sport in the world – how can you not respect that?

“If I am honest, if I could go back now, I probably would have stayed in Australia cooking on the BBQ with my dad, enjoying life and not having to worry.”

Benn, 24, is heading into his 18th professional fight this weekend against Colombian Vargas, who floored Amir Khan in 2018 before losing on points.

The Essex-trained fighter is improving in every bout and his promoter Eddie Hearn is starting to talk up world title fights but he still wonders if he made the right career choice.

Benn said: “I do sometimes think I am mad for not choosing that life, I really mean that.

“I think about it and I think it would be nice but I don’t because the ambition and drive and love-of-a-challenge is so much stronger and exciting to me.

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  • “But 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.

    “I have sat there asking myself ‘why am I here, doing this sacrificing everything for the entertainment of people who just want to slate me?’

    “I saw that with Campbell Hatton and I felt it.”

    Benn is still improving but Hearn is adamant he is a pay-per-view star in the making with world titles coming.

    But that is bold talk when he is competing in a division that counts Errol Spence Jnr and Terence Crawford as current champions.

    Benn is more realistic in his ambitions as he eyes up an eliminator this year if he overcomes Vargas on Saturday.

    He said: “It's a fantastic division, I think I'm in the top 15 in the IBF and top 10 in the WBA, so I will do what I need to do with Vargas and push on from there.

    “I believe a world title eliminator is something that could very possibly happen this year.

    “I've just got to win a world title once, just once. Then I'll be a very happy man.”

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