England's Harley Benn, the 20-year-old son of former middleweight and super middleweight titleholder Nigel Benn, is going pro.
Benn signed a three-year deal with promoter Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions and will make professional debut Nov. 25 at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England, on a card headlined by British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete's defense against Shayne Singleton, Warren announced Wednesday.
Benn will face an opponent to be determined in a scheduled four-round middleweight bout.
Television coverage in the United Kingdom will be on BoxNation.
"This is my journey," said Benn, who is trained by Dominic Negus and Lenny Butcher. "I'm not trying to follow in the footsteps of my dad. I'm doing this my way. However, I can definitely see similarities in the way we fight. I'm a come-forward type of fighter and pack a big punch. I don't like fighting on the back foot. I love a fight.
"I can't wait to get in the ring and show people what I'm all about. I'm definitely more excited than nervous. Training has been going really well and I'm fitter than I've ever been. I've got just over a month till I fight, and I'm going to be in the best shape of my life. BoxNation viewers should be expecting entertainment and plenty of bombs. They should be looking forward to some big knockout wins in the coming years and I know they will love my exciting brand of boxing."
Benn's father, Nigel, was a fierce warrior and one of boxing's most popular fighters during his heyday in the 1990s.
Junior welterweight Conor Benn (5-0, 3 KOs), another one of Nigel Benn's sons, made his pro debut in April at age 19. He is with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing and has been boxing on major shows, including the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin and Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook cards.
Warren is looking forward to seeing what Harley Benn can do in the paid ranks.
"Harley has boxing in his blood but as he says, 'This is his career and he's going to do things his way.' His knockout power makes for an exciting fighting style that fans will love and he's more than capable of mixing it up," Warren said. "Under the guidance of our team Harley can achieve big things but he won't be rushed."
Added Harley Benn: "My trainer Dominic is like an older brother to me. I have such a good relationship with Dom and Lenny. I spend more time with Dom and Lenny than I do with my own family. I'm always in the gym.
"Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions were always my first choice. He's developed so many world champions over the years so I know I'm in safe hands with him. Some of my favorite boxers have gone on to big things under the guidance of Frank and I know I can create my own success."