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Bennett ready to hurt Keane
LAWRENCE Bennett is warning Chris Keane not to underestimate his power when they meet for the British cruiserweight title eliminator next month.
The Southern Area champion goes into the contest on June 7 at the Oasis Leisure Centre having only had six fights, none of which have ended early.
And while Keane heads to Swindon having stopped five of his 13 opponents, Bad Boy is taking heart from the fact that fellow southpaw Neil Dawson beat the Walsall man inside of two rounds.
“Neil Dawson stopped him, he was a southpaw and he caught Keane with a shot,” Bennett said “People say that he (Keane) is a big puncher, but this is boxing with 10oz gloves, if I catch him on the chin who knows.
“I’m a big six-foot, 200lb lump, if I hit people it will hurt - it is not going to tickle.”
Keane will arrive at the Oasis Leisure Centre having been a Midlands Area champion and before turning pro he won the ABAs super heavyweight title.
However, Bennett, who claimed the Southern Area title in just his sixth fight in March, is hoping that he use his lack of amateur experience to his advantage.
“The power has always been there, I know that I’ve got it, it is about transferring it, it is about cleaning things up,” Bad Boy said.
“I’ve not got a massive amateur background, I had two fights. I came into the game late but that has been a benefit to me because only way I know to fight is the pro way.
“I’ve got no bad habits, I’ve been learning and I’ve been picking up things, my trainer Islan (Eltuyev) tells me what do to.
“I like to think and stay calm, use my jab and natural attributes - not worry about what other people are going to do.”
Although having seen Keane knocked out by Dawson, Bennett says that he will not be doing too much research on the 27-year-old prior to the fight next month, instead the 31-year-old is keen to focus on himself.
“The best I’ve been is when I have had to do what I’ve had to do,” Bennett said. “I said before the Southern Area fight, if I do what I do, I will win.
“I can’t worry about what Chris Keane is going to do, I have to worry about what Lawrence Bennett is going to do.
“If I do what I do I know that I can do I will beat this guy.
“If I don’t and let him do what he does then he will win, he has to worry about me.”
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