Although their initial bout was postponed after Conor Benn’s positive COVID-19 test, the 24-year-old welterweight prospect recovered and Eddie Hearn moved this matchup onto the Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara II card in Leeds this weekend. Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) believes he’ll start getting the respect he deserves at 147lbs worldwide and Saturday is where he continues…
Benn bullish about his chances of another emphatic victory
Having left Samuel Vargas crumbling against the ropes with a furious first-round blitz in April, the only way was up for Benn. He called out Shawn Porter and Amir Khan among others, two former world champions thoroughly unimpressed by his efforts to bait them into an actual bout.
At least the idea was there, if nothing else.
This weekend though, he makes his in-ring return against a credible challenger in Adrian Granados (21-8-3, 1 NC) – who lost a WBC title fight to Porter four years ago, was knocked out by Danny Garcia in April 2019 and has faced other former champions besides the pair too.
“I was devastated [about testing positive for COVID-19], worked extremely hard and had a blinding camp. It honestly pained me so much, I even shed a few tears. I’m going to go through adversity again, it’s just how you react to it.
What’s for me won’t pass me, so come September 4 in-front of 20,000, I’ll put on a show.
He’s a tough durable guy, he won the fight against Broner, gave hell to Porter, fought Robert Easter Jr, been in with the top boys but he’s in with another. I just want to fight now, get in there and if they don’t want to put respect on my name then I’ll make them.”
- Benn on testing positive, Granados’ credentials and what he plans to do next
Granados will back himself to reaffirm his status as one of the best at world level, even with eight losses in a 33-fight professional career to date. In an age where undefeated records are held in much higher esteem, he’s already called for an Adrian Broner rematch, should he win tomorrow.
“I don’t have the prettiest record and usually people are quick to attack me with that, the real diehards [say] I’ve been robbed so many times.
I can’t accept all those losses, it’s just unfortunate and that’s why I feel boxing is actually killing itself, turns people off the sport.”
- Granados reflects on what has been an up-and-down career so far
Picture source: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing — quotes via BoxingScene