Conor Benn has shown off his battle scars following the toughest assignment of his career on Wednesday evening at York Hall.
The Londoner, 21, was made to dig deep against Cedrick Peynaud as the young prospect improved to 11-0 – just.
Shockingly caught square and dropped twice in the first round, from that point Benn had it all to do in the fight.
Chasing a big knockout, Benn was hit with hard shots time and again through the contest but managed to put the Frenchman down in the fifth and sixth sessions to save the win.
Taking a tight 56-55 decision with WBN, referee Bobby Williams saw it slightly wider at 57-54 as Benn survived the scare of his career so far.
‘The Destroyer’ has some way to go to live up to his name, although thoroughly entertained the crowd if giving promoter Eddie Hearn kittens in the process.
In a frank and honest interview after the fight, Benn vowed to learn from his mistakes and go back to the drawing board before a potential summer return.
With no amateur experience behind him, it could be a longer learning curve for Benn before he’s ready for the rigors of domestic level in the United Kingdom.
Promoter Eddie Hearn also asked questions about the son of legend Nigel making the weight correctly when speaking to Sky Sports in the aftermath.