Conor Benn Has a Hit List of Possible Opponents
After successfully dismantling Chris Algieri (25-4,9ko) in four rounds, rising welterweight contender Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (20-0, 13ko) is now focusing on former world champions Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Adrien Broner, with WBA “super” champion Yordenis Ugas as a last resort.
Benn has been trying to step out of the shadow of his famous father, retired WBC super middleweight champion Nigel “The Dark Destroyer” Benn. Well, the younger Benn may have taken at least one step forward with the performance against Algieri. He stopped the former junior welterweight champion with a brutal straight right-hand down the pipe.
DROPPING SOME BIG NAMES
The Destroyer retained the WBA continental welterweight title with his sixth defense. In the post-fight interview, he dropped some recognizable names as targets in 2022.
“In 2022, either get me [Amir] Khan or [Kell] Brook. I never called out Brook because he is my pal, but business is business. Whoever the winner is out of that, I’ll have them.
“If they don’t want it, listen, we will fight [Adrien] Broner in America. If he don’t want it, then I’ll fancy my chances against [Yordenis] Ugas.”
Surveying the field, he may have to shorten up the list a little. This is not the first time Khan’s name has come up. Earlier in the year, the brash young fighter called out the former champion. However, Khan declined by claiming Benn had to do more to secure a fight with him. Moreover, most fans believe that Khan and Brook will retire after their showdown set to take place on February 19, 2022.
Now, ranked #5 by the WBC, WBA, WBO, and #11 within the IBF, the Destroyer is officially a viable opponent. Furthermore, he will have to scratch Ugas’s name off the list as the WBA champion already has a fight with mandatory challenger Eimantas Stanionis.
However, Broner is free and has recently been talking about a comeback. Also, the UK fans would undoubtedly make the trip to America to see the four-divisional champion take on their fighter. Right now, Benn is a hot commodity and heading into 2022, his future is looking brighter.
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By: Garrisson Bland