Eighty seconds? That was the sort of assertion Conor Benn hoped to make.
The welterweight contender started touchdown bombs on the face of Samuel Vargas moments after the opening bell and didn’t cease till the referee ended the combat 1 minute, 20 seconds into the primary spherical Saturday in London.
Vargas, a strong veteran from Mexico, has misplaced his greatest fights however he was speculated to be a take a look at. As an alternative, he was overwhelmed.
If comparisons imply something, Errol Spence Jr. stopped Vargas in 4 rounds whereas Danny Garcia and Vergil Ortiz each did it in seven. Benn wanted lower than half a spherical, which clearly happy him.
“All them names you talked about,” he stated to an interviewer after the combat, “nobody banged him out in a single spherical. Simple, simple. … Give me a correct take a look at. Give me Amir Khan. … I’m prepared for the highest canines, Shawn Porter, Adrian Broner if he’s campaigning at 147. I would like them.
“I wish to take a look at myself at 147.”
Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) wasn’t reckless however he definitely didn’t ease into the combat. The 24-year-old son of Nigel Benn fired straight, laborious pictures from the outset. And most of them discovered the goal.
Vargas (31-7-2, 14 KOs) took the primary few with out a lot drawback however appeared increasingly helpless because the quick combat progressed. He was taking shot after shot along with his again in opposition to the ropes – responding with few if any of his personal punches — when referee Michael Alexander stepped in.
For Benn, it was merely a matter of seizing alternatives.
“He was there to be hit so I hit him,” he stated. “I ain’t gonna be shy, I ain’t gonna maintain again. If I see a gap, I’m going to take. And I rattling nicely took it.”
Benn didn’t get an opportunity to show a lot of what he had labored on within the fitness center past punch accuracy and what he believes is creating energy. And he didn’t acquire a lot in-the-ring expertise in solely 80 seconds of labor at Copper Field Enviornment.
However, as he identified, he did show one factor: He might deal with the stress of headlining an enormous card. Not all sons of profitable fighters can say that.
“I can address it as a result of I’m constructed for it,” he stated. “All this hype, I can reside with it. It’s not an issue.
Benn is on the same path by way of age to his father, who gained his first title at 26 years outdated when he stopped Doug DeWitt in eight rounds in 1990. The youthful Benn, who turns 25 in September, must be round that age when he will get his first crack at a champion if he continues to win.
And he plans to reside as much as his identify.
“I’m placing the Benn identify again the place it belongs and that’s on prime,” he stated. “I proved that [on Saturday] and I’ll proceed to show that.”
In preliminary fights, Savannah Marshall (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped late substitute Maria Lindberg (19-7-2, 10 KOs) in three rounds to retain her middleweight title; Shannon Courtenay (7-1, 3 KOs) defeated Ebanie Bridges (5-1, 2 KOs) by a unanimous determination to win a vacant bantamweight title; and bantamweight prospect Ukashir Farooq (15-1, 6 KOs) defeated Alexander Espinoza (20-3-2, 8 KOs) by a unanimous determination in a 10-round bout.