Conor Benn vows to hit the level to get in place for the world title shot by the end of 2022

Conor Benn believes he’ll be good enough to share the ring with Terence Crawford or Errol Spence one day, although the undefeated weight champion won’t put a time limit on himself to climb to the top. tree.

Following wins over Samuel Vargas and Adrian Granados this year, Benn takes it one step further when he takes on the former WBO lightweight champion in Liverpool on Saturday night. Promoter Eddie Hearn has talked about Benn possibly being ready for a world title by the end of 2022, while Benn insists he is doing everything he can to get there.

“I believe I will be at that level,” Benn said. “I don’t need motivation, I inspire myself all the time. I leave no stone unturned, I give myself every chance I can to be that good, to be great.

“It took Kell Brook 10 years to win a world title and he has a good amateur background, so there is no timeframe. I just need to go there.

“For anyone out there in life, do your best. That’s enough. Do your best, everything else will take care of itself. I don’t need no motivation. I am a very active guy. I don’t know what motivates me. You can say it’s the lavish life but I don’t think it’s the lavish life, I’m just a motivated guy. That’s just the way I am. I don’t think you can put the momentum down financially. You can to some extent. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t fight for free. I’m not going to give all of that when I say ‘I’ll fight for free’. But my motivation goes a lot further than material things.”

Benn admits he had never heard of Algieri when he was world champion, but he knows that Spence is the only one to stop him and is planning to do the same with the 37-year-old. age.

“I never plan a fight to go that far, every match I go into is like, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to get this out of the hands of the referees,’” Benn said.

“But I’m not going to go in thinking ‘I have to because Spence did it’. I have to because I will do what I do. I’m still going to go in there and try to get his head off his shoulder.

“I know how good Algieri is, he is a seasoned fighter, he lives life, maybe now he is at his peak. You look at the moment Manny Pacquiao fought Keith Thurman, everyone said he was over it. When Kiko Martinez fought Galahad, he was gone, when you want to start talking about age I don’t care.

“He is definitely better [Vargas and Granados]. You don’t get a world title for nothing, he knows his way in the ring. He’ll present a bunch of different problems but nothing I can’t solve.

“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, he’s done what he has to do in sport and now is my moment.”

Despite being the son of a legendary world champion, Benn admits he has never been a good student of the sport and that extends to not watching his opponents’ tapes.

Indeed, he admits he didn’t have much patience when Tony Sims, his coach, wanted to show him what he’d discovered.

“I never research competitors,” says Benn. “What Tony has to do is send me a 20-second clip of something I should do or something he does. I never watch my opponents, I never have and never will. You start to look away from what you can do and think ‘he has a good shot, or he has this’ but I know what I’m capable of.

“I would wrap my arms around for practice and he would go ‘here’s Conor’ and I said to him ‘when we’re in the ring we’ll do it on the pad or when I’m playing. , call it out I’. Whatever he does that night, I’ll kick him out. ”

One fight that will have him watching, however, is the February 19 clash between Amir Khan and Kell Brook. And he wants to face the winner.

“It’s frustrating that they didn’t do this five or six years ago, but they both called my name and said they wanted me after that match so I’ll fight the winner – 1 million pieces hundred,” said Benn.

“One in two. It makes no difference to me. They claim they are the best in the UK, but I ask otherwise”.

Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was a Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 – covering the four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights around the globe. He has written about boxing for numerous publications worldwide since the 1980s.–162673 Conor Benn vows to hit the level to get in place for the world title shot by the end of 2022

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