Undefeated British welterweight Conor Benn issued a challenge to Amir Khan following his dominant latest victory.
Anyone remember Nigel Benn? The British middleweight boxer from the early 90’s, who was also a two-weight world champion? Well, now his son, Conor, is carrying on the family legacy - working his way to the top of boxing’s welterweight division.
After an impressive win in his fight at the weekend, Benn is ready to continue his dominant boxing journey, and British veteran Amir Khan is in The Destroyer’s sights.
Held at the Copper Box Arena in London, Benn knocked out middleweight Samuel Vargas just over one minute into round 1. Yes, it was that quick.
The Colombian veteran was no match for the 24 year old, who hit him with a flurry of punches followed by a hard uppercut to stop the fight early. Despite a protest by Vargas thinking he was OK to continue (the majority didn’t think he was), the match was stopped as he was under attack and offered nothing to counter Benn.
As a result, Benn maintained his perfect professional record, extending his win total to an impressive 18. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Benn said: “My dad says when you see an opening, pounce on him.
“That was the last message from him. When I hit him I felt ‘there is no way you will live up to these punches’. Why should I not be confident in my ability? People don’t like that but I work way too hard to not be confident”.
Benn has not suffered a loss between the ropes, and is making his mark on the welterweight division. Undefeated after 18 bouts – with 12 of those involving Benn knocking out his opponent – it’s safe to say that The Destroyer is an exciting up and coming boxing talent.
At an age of just 24, Benn has a lot of potential in the near future, and he’s confident he has a lot more to offer. The Destroyer said: “Start putting respect on my name. I’m putting the Benn name where it belongs – back at the top”.
After his latest win, Benn added: “I’m not even in my prime and I’m knocking out geezers. Wait until I’m 28, 29, 30 – I’m cleaning up”.
It’s confidence, not cocky, for Benn, who does have the potential to mark his name in the welterweight history books. If he’s right, we’ll have yet another British world champion soon enough.
Following his win, Benn was interviewed about his future, and the sky really is the limit for the British welterweight. One name in particular popped up – British veteran Amir Khan.
After the bout, Benn said: “No-one had banged him (Vargas) out in a round. Easy, easy. Give me a proper test, give me Amir Khan. He’s too busy messing about with reality shows”.
If that wasn’t enough of a call-out for Khan, Benn added: “I’d like to send him out to retirement, nicely. As nice as possible, anyway.
“I’ve just got to land one. I’ve just got to land one in those 12 rounds and as soon as I smell the blood, he ain’t going nowhere”. So, Benn predicts a crushing stoppage to Khan if he gets the opportunity, but ‘King Khan’ has replied suggesting there may be a bit of a wait before we see it.
On social media, Khan posted: “Conor well done. Great kid, wish him the best. At his age, I was a world champ. Maybe if he had some belts that fight would make sense but he’s got a long way to go yet”.
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