Nigel Benn's son Conor will make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's world title fight at the O2 Arena on 9 April.

The 19-year-old super-lightweight, who has signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, will face an unnamed opponent before Joshua's IBF world heavyweight bout with American Charles Martin.

Benn is determined to make his own name in the sport and surpass the achievements of his two-weight world champion father.

He said: "I'm Conor Benn, but I'll always be known as Nigel's son. Until I get inducted into the hall of fame, until I win world titles at three weights - not two, because that's what my Dad did and I need to do more - until I've become the youngest world champion or won more belts, I'll always be Nigel Benn's son, and achieving more will be very hard.

"My dad didn't really want me to fight, he thought that I would give it a try and have it as a hobby, but it escalated really quickly. He said there were a million other things to do. But I have no choice but to fight because it's in me, it's what I want to do, I want to be the best."

Father Nigel is confident his son has what it takes to succeed - having tried and failed first hand to knock him out.

He said: "I sparred with him recently and I tried to knock him out - seriously. He said 'yeah?' And I threw the kitchen sink at him and he threw it back at me. I was 20 kilos heavier than him and he said 'I'll have it with you'.

"He was super-lightweight and I'm at cruiserweight, but I tried to bang him out and he wouldn't budge.

I've filmed that and when he becomes world champion I'll show it to everyone. That's how good he is."