NEW dad Conor Benn will give Samuel Vargas nightmares on Saturday after 11 weeks of blissful, uninterrupted sleep.
The British welterweight, 24, and wife Victoria welcomed son Eli on January 24.
Conor Benn has taken time off baby duties to prepare for his next fightCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
Samuel Vargas lost to Amir Khan in 2018 but is no pushoverCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It came at a crucial time in the 17-0 man’s career after he crept into world title contention with a string of eye-catching wins.
And he has been allowed to swerve the late-night feeds so trainer Tony Sims gets the best out of him.
Benn said: “I thought the baby was going to come late but it came early.
“I’ve actually been training since January 1, so that’s a long camp.
“I managed to have three days off when the baby arrived and then I was back in the gym. I’ve managed to stay well away from the sleepless nights though. I’ve been sleeping like a trooper.
“My missus has been great with baby Eli, which has been such a blessing.
“I’ve got a good set of earplugs and an eye mask and I’m in cuckoo land, I’m off to sleep.”
Benn has now left his Essex home for a week-long coronavirus bubble at a hotel next to Wembley Arena, where the fight takes place.
There, the Brit’s focus will be on his opponent, a well respected 31-year-old Colombian veteran.
He will also be free to let his designer stubble grow back. Asked why his trademark whiskers had gone, he said: “It shows I mean business now.
“I’ve done the hard work, a hard camp, and I’m ready to fight.
“The baby doesn’t like the moustache on his face when I am kissing him.
I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.
“You could say I am a bit of a softie at home. I just take all the aggression out in the gym.”
Benn, already a savvy businessman, will not be hanging around once he has achieved his boxing ambitions.
He added: “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.
“I just have to achieve the world title once, however long it takes, and I will be a very happy man.”
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