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Amir Khan Not Interested In Conor Benn Fight — Boxing News
April 11, 2021
Amir ‘King’ Khan says he’s not keen on combating Conor Benn as a result of he has nothing to supply him when it comes to world titles.
Khan, 34, factors out that he was already a world champion when he was the identical age as Benn.
The perimeter welterweight contender Benn (18-0, 12 KO) obtained excited final Saturday night time after defeating former Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) sufferer Samuel Vargas (31-7-2, 14 KOs) by a first-round knockout on the Copper Field Enviornment in London, England.
After the battle, Benn known as out Khan, Shawn Porter, and Adrien Broner. He feels he’s prepared for all three of these fighters.
What stunned some boxing followers was the inclusion of former IBF 147-lb champion Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs), contemplating he’s not exhibiting indicators of being over-the-hill like Khan and Broner.
Whereas Khan is probably not within the Benn battle, promoter Eddie Hearn believes it’s attainable, as lengthy the cash is there. Khan is on the lookout for a giant payday earlier than he retires, and a battle between him and Benn may deliver him the most effective payday on the market.
Lately, Khan was calling out Kell Brook, however that match-up may not usher in the identical sort of income as a Khan-Benn battle. Benn’s star energy is skyrocketing proper now, due to Hearn’s intelligent match-making.
In distinction, Brook’s profession has been in a freefall since his fifth-round stoppage loss to middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin in September 2016.
Conor nicely accomplished. Nice child, want him the most effective. At his age I used to be a world champ. Perhaps if he had some belts that battle would make sense however he’s obtained a protracted strategy to go but 👊🏽 😝
“It’s not an unrealistic battle if it generates sufficient cash, and I feel it does, I feel it’s an important story,” stated Eddie Hearn when requested by iFL TV if a battle between Benn and Amir Khan is lifelike.
“Amir isn’t coaching in the mean time, I feel Ramadan begins this week. So he’s going to be seeking to battle in October, one thing like that.
“I do know Amir, in fact, nicely. I do know his lawyer, and I spoke to him this night. They might undoubtedly be up for listening to about that battle.
“It doesn’t imply the numbers make sense for them to take it, however they are going to undoubtedly pay attention about that battle as a result of he [Khan] desires to have a giant hoorah, Amir Khan.
“He desires to make as a lot cash as attainable. That’s a banging battle on the O2, a banging battle. So we’ll see. Conor is one million miles an hour, he’s so pumped.
“He educated for a 12 spherical conflict tonight, and when he had vitality, and he wished to tackle [anybody]. He’s a type of guys that simply wished to knock everybody out, didn’t he?” stated Hearn of Conor Benn.
Hearn must present Khan the cash for him to be prepared to entertain the concept of combating Benn. Clearly, Khan gained’t be afraid of combating Benn.
We’ve seen the damaging guys Khan has fought up to now. He’s tangled with Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia, each of which might seemingly destroy Benn with out too many issues.
For Khan to conform to a battle with Benn, Hearn will in all probability have to throw a few million at him on the very least.
Hearn to take Benn on the proper tempo
“You possibly can see it in his eyes,” stated Hearn about Benn in how amped up he stopped Vargas. “He stated in an interview after, ‘I work so arduous. This beats expertise when expertise doesn’t work arduous.’
“‘Mate, you’ve obtained the expertise now. You’ve obtained to begin believing how good you might be, you’re a world-class fighter, and you’re employed actually arduous.
“While you’re good and you’re employed actually arduous, you’re actually powerful to beat.’ So I’m so enthusiastic about his future. He’s an enormous star.
“I feel he’s obtained the entire world in entrance of him. I’m going to take him on the proper tempo and get him the suitable fights, however we’re near gamble time, we’re near gamble time.
“Conor Benn is tremendous thrilling, let’s look t the longer term. All our focus is on him, an enormous star. The world is his oyster.
“He has that X-factor, he speaks so nicely, he’s thrilling to look at. In fact, the Nigel Benn story is sweet on the similar time, however he works so arduous and he’s good.
“I do know he’s fiery, however he listens, he trusts me. We’ve obtained an important plan for him. He’s demanding, and he desires to ensure that he will get the suitable fights and containers as a lot as he makes cash.
“So he ought to, however he trusts the method and he’s discovered from the individuals round him. One factor about Conor Benn.
“In the event you’ve watched him on TV and an interview after, you’ll in all probability say, ‘This bloke is a nutter.’ He’s fiery. He’s so not flash.
“He lives in the identical village as me. He’s a household man, he’s obtained a gorgeous son, a beautiful spouse, and he’s a great particular person. He works tremendous arduous, and he’s devoted to what he does.
“And whenever you’ve obtained a great head in your shoulders as he has, he’s simply obtained to maintain it calm and the world is his oyster,” stated Hearn. About the way forward for Benn.
Taking Benn on the “proper tempo” is code for Hearn to match him fastidiously, retaining him in opposition to harmful guys like Jaron Ennis, Vergil Ortiz Jr, and Shawn Porter.
It might be dangerous for Hearn to match Benn in opposition to David Avanesyan, who’s a large puncher with each fingers. We simply witnessed what Avanesyan did to Josh Kelly. Benn can be on the threat if he took on Avanesyan proper now.
Talking of Josh Kelly, he can be a wonderful choice for Benn’s subsequent battle. I don’t understand how truthful that might be to Kelly to match him powerful after his loss to Avanesyan.
But when he had been prepared to take the danger, Kelly vs. Benn can be a enjoyable battle for 3 or 4 rounds. Kelly bruises too simply for him to face a puncher like Benn, and he doesn’t possess sufficient energy to have an opportunity of successful.
The referee saved Samuel Vargas
“It was straight savage from Conor. I used to be truly nervous for Conor,” continued Hearn. “He’s a type of guys that whenever you discuss behind closed doorways, it doesn’t swimsuit him.
“He’s the sort of man that’s going to battle off the gang, and I simply thought. I simply thought, ‘Simply get by means of tonight Conor.’
“[Referee] Michael Alexander, I see some say he jumped in early [to stop the Benn vs. Vargas fight].
“I feel he might have saved him from getting completely obliterated. I don’t suppose Samuel Vargas knew who he was as a result of he was caught chilly.
“No matter you concentrate on Conor Benn, whether or not you’re keen on him or hate him, it’s a must to respect that efficiency and it’s a must to respect that assertion,” stated Hearn.
The referee might have saved Vargas, however it nonetheless regarded like a untimely stoppage within the eyes. Vargas ought to have been allowed to hold in there for one more 10 seconds gainst earlier than simply to ensure as a result of he gave the impression to be nice on the time.