Fans turned out in force on Saturday to meet professional boxer Conor Benn – who came to help launch the new Fight n Fit boxing shop on Filwood Broadway.
Dubbed “The Destroyer” because of his explosive punching power, Conor (20), who competes at welterweight is the son of British former world champion boxer Nigel Benn. He was invited to the grand opening of the Knowle West store on 16 September by owners Rob Dent and Martin Davis.
Rob said: “We’re so excited – this is massive… you don’t usually get this in the community. Kids would only ever see him on TV and the only shops that hold signings are usually big shops. It’s more for the kids as they wouldn’t normally get this opportunity…”
Conor – who arrived in a white Mercedes – happily posed for pictures with fans in the shop before signing photos of himself.
He told The Knowledge: “I haven’t been here before and it’s great to see the love I get here. When I’m in training I normally shut myself off… I’m stuck in my little village..”
Fight n Fit sells anything to do with boxing – from equipment and fitness supplements to signed memorabilia.
The business partners are also sponsoring eleven-year-old Tia Ayton who is a world champion kick-boxer, World Open Muay Thai Champion and British Ki Champion – and is looking to go in the Olympics next year.
Tia who attended the launch event said: “It’s a very good experience, I’m so happy.”
Knowle West resident Shaun Lock (30) came to meet Conor with his nine-year-old son Shaun and had a picture taken with the champion.
He said: “We came along because we both box … it’s a great sport and it’s all about the technique and discipline, it also helps with your mood and lifts your spirits up…”
Fight n Fit is based at 41 Filwood Broadway, Knowle West.