Conor Benn getting knocked down for the first time in his professional career is the best thing that could have happened to him, says Johnny Nelson.

The ‘Destroyer’ was floored twice by Cedrick Peynaud in a sensational opening round at York Hall, but came back to return the compliment before edging a points win over six explosive rounds.

Conor Benn was knocked down twice by Cedrick Petnaud but came back to win with two knockdowns of his own

Benn, whose eyes were badly swollen after the bruising battle, admitted it was a “massive learning experience” and Nelson was pleased to see the 21-year-old go through the mire for the first time in 11 fights.

Johnny Nelson on Conor Benn

“I bet his dad (Nigel) was watching and sitting there saying ‘good, that was the best thing that could happen’, because I myself believe that was the best thing that could happen to him too,” said Nelson.

“Now he will go back and he now knows he’s going through stages.

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Conor Benn got off the floor twice to beat Cedrick Peynaud on points in a contender for fight of the year.

Nelson and The Panel had earlier this week drew comparisions between Conor and his two-weight world champion-winning dad, Nigel, and it was there for all to see on Wednesday night.

Nigel Benn was renowned for all-action style and the four-knockdown war at York Hall underlined the unavoidable similarities.

“But he came back let a shot go, put him down and we were shocked, everyone in York Hall stood up tonight, the way they did back then with the dad.

“Conor showed some fundamental flaws because he’s not got that amateur pedigree but what he said, his heart got him through that. His heart did everything in there.” Nelson added.

Meanwhile, Johnny Nelson did not agree with the referee’s scoring and felt Conor Benn should have been awarded a draw against Cedrick Peynaud
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