Conor Benn wants to take on British boxing legends Kell Brook and Amir Khan but insists he is focused on achieving his dream of becoming world champion this year.
Benn, the son of British boxing icon Nigel, looks set to become a superstar. Despite having virtually no amateur experience, the Londoner has managed to amass a 20-0 professional record which includes impressive wins over Sebastian Formella, Samuel Vargas, Adrián Granados and Chris Algieri.
‘The Destroyer’ will return to the ring on April 16 to defend his WBA Continental welterweight title against longtime contender Chris van Heerden, who got the call to fight Benn after Brook apparently parted ways with what would have been an epic national. to dust.
“I will fight anyone,” Benn told talkSPORT. “I am on the progression in my career. There have been discussions with the Kell Brook team. They were in negotiations hence the late announcement of my fight [with van Heerden] but I’m not going to wait for anyone.
“He wanted £10m, which is silly, isn’t it? Talk about price yourself. When I realized we were so far off the numbers, I was like, ‘Look, give up this fight. I don’t wait for negotiations [thinking] it’s going to happen, isn’t it? Give me van Heerden.
Benn revealed that Khan’s team was trying to put up a fight with him despite “King” looking down in his sixth-round TKO loss to Brook earlier this year.
The 25-year-old admits he would love to fight both Brook and Khan but isn’t ready to put his career on hold to negotiate a fight. Instead, he will focus on beating any opponent that comes his way because he believes big opportunities and big fights are imminent.
“I think Khan’s team have been in touch again. Look, I don’t need it. If they want to fight or if he [Kell Brook] wants to fight [Chris Eubank] Jr. You love it a lot. It doesn’t really bother me.
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“I am on my own path and my own trajectory. I don’t have to worry about what they are doing. I have a long career ahead of me, full of big nights. So if I fight one of them I would love it because they are idols for rivals. It’s like that. What will be will be.”
Benn’s main priority for 2022 is to fulfill his dream of becoming world champion and he is confident of doing so after defeating van Heerden next weekend.
The youngster says he’s “most definitely” ready to mix it up with the best and has even suggested he wants to face whoever wins the welterweight unification bout between Errol Spence and Yordenis Ugás.
Benn also expressed interest in hosting Josh Taylor at 147 pounds in what would be a huge domestic fight.
The undisputed light welterweight champion is set to relinquish his titles in the near future after putting up a lackluster performance in his controversial win over Jack Catterall last month.