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Podcast: Does Conor Benn merit a place in the world top 10?

Conor Benn prospect of the year
Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
The Opening Bell podcast quizzes on the Sheeraz-Skeete controversy, reflects on Conor Benn's latest display and looks forward to this weekend's action

ROBERT SMITH of the British Boxing Board of Control is on hand to answer the questions of Alex Steedman and Matt Christie regarding the recent actions of referee Steve Gray in the Hamzah Sheeraz-Bradley Skeete fight. In that bout, after being whacked at least twice while in a sitting position, Skeete went on to lose the fight.

Smith explains the complexities of the rules and the officials’ interpretation of them. He reveals why a hearing wasn’t called immediately and why, despite apparent mistakes being made by both Gray and Sheeraz, only Skeete is getting punished. Whether you agree with him or not, it’s an important listen.

Also this week: Conor Benn impresses again with a dynamite display but does he deserve his place in the Top 10? Vasiliy Lomachenko and Nonito Donaire roll back the years with two sumptuous performances and we look ahead to the Joseph Parker-Derek Chisora rematch. 

This week in history focuses on the unforgettable featherweight barnburner between Naseem Hamed and Kevin Kelley.

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