Conor Benn is aiming to end a hugely successful 2021 as he defends his WBA Continental WBA title against former world champion Chris Algieri in the pinnacle tournament at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool this Saturday. , December 11, live worldwide on DAZN.
‘Terminator’ (19-0, 12 KOs), who has made incredible progress under Tony Sims, is one of the most prominent talents in the world of boxing after an impressive winning streak that has crowned him world champion in the competitive 147lbs division pole.
The 25-year-old Essex native sent a brutal warning to his Welterweight opponents by knocking out Samuel Vargas in the opening round at Copper Box Arena in April, living up to his nickname when It only took him 1 minute and 20 seconds to ruthlessly stop Colombia from enduring.
Benn was disappointed with the tactic Adrian Granados employed after widely pointing out Mexican-Americans during their rescheduled clash in Leeds but the rising star is expecting a much tougher task against back to US ultralight WBO ruler Algieri (25-3, 9 KOs) this weekend.
Benn said: “The match between Formella and Vargas was a great experience for me because they showed me that I am a fighter. “You hear people say they fight for the crowd and need a crowd. You don’t need a crowd there. It could be Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse sitting on the sidelines for all I care. I don’t care. Look who’s there, it’s me and my opponent and I’ll go in there to beat him. That’s my job. That’s my goal; and I’ll get it done.
“Granados said it all and we thought he was coming to fight. He did not come to fight; he didn’t even come to win. He said he had to beat England’s ‘golden boy’ to win but he rode his bike up. I could also have been there with a journeyman because that’s how he goes on. He is very negative; he never threw any meaningful photos and he never got involved. I wasn’t able to take advantage of anything. There’s only so much you can do against someone who’s not coming to win.
“My preparation for Algieri has been excellent. Every camp we build and build. We grow and develop. I plan to show off my boxing brain on December 11. Every camp I have, I don’t think I can push my body any further, but I tried. You have to push your body to the max. Before you know it, you’re approaching new PB. That’s the norm for every camp. You are always learning. I am a student of the game and the school never goes out. I’m always working on something.
“I was in the top 5 with the WBC and the top 10 with the WBA and IBF. That doesn’t make me happy. I want to be number one. No one can match as my father used to say. I believe there is much more for me to prove, not to anyone else, but to myself. When I first turned pro, everyone thought I was best at the Southern Regional level, then British and best then European. I’m knocking on the door for a World Title and I believe 2022 will be my year to take on some of these World Champions. I continue to prove myself every time anyone they put in front of me.
“It will be a special Christmas. It’s a Christmas cookie, that’s it. You will always be criticized for the people you fight with. People are saying Algieri is old. He’s 37 years old and he’s taking care of himself, but I’m gearing up for a top Chris Algieri and I’m confident he’ll deliver absolutely everything. He is a former world champion. We’re testing the waters in my career. We need these battles to test the waters and see where I am. I believe I am world class and I should beat people like Chris Algieri easily. I am very confident in my abilities and everything that we have done and are doing. I have to go in there and leave my stamp. The moment I smelled a little blood, I felt like a rash on him. “
https://www.boxingscene.com/conor-benn-i-believe-im-world-level-i-beat-people-like-algieri–162609 Conor Benn: I believe I’m world class, I should beat the likes of Algieri