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  Benn: "The Minute I Smell Blood,
I'm On Him Like A Rash"


Conor Benn is aiming to end a successful 2021 in style when he defends his WBA Continental Welterweight Title against former World Champion Chris Algieri at the top of the bill at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool this Saturday December 11, live worldwide on DAZN.

'The Destroyer' (19-0, 12 KOs), who has made incredible improvements under Tony Sims, is one of the hottest talents in world boxing following an impressive run of standout wins that have skyrocketed him into World Title contention in the ultra-competitive 147lbs division.

The 25-year-old Essex native sent out a brutal warning to his Welterweight rivals by wiping out Samuel Vargas inside the opening round at the Copper Box Arena in April, living up to his nickname as he took just 1 minute and 20 seconds to viciously halt the durable Colombian.

Benn was left frustrated by the tactics employed by Adrian Granados after widely outpointing the Mexican-American in their rescheduled clash in Leeds but the rising star is expecting a much tougher assignment against the USA's former WBO Super-Lightweight ruler Algieri (25-3, 9 KOs) this weekend.

"The Formella and Vargas fights were great experiences for me because they showed me that Iím a fighter," said Benn. "You hear people say that they fight for the crowd and need a crowd. You donít need the crowd there. It could be Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse sitting ringside for all I care. Iím not paying attention to whoís there, itís me and my opponent and Iím going in there to iron him out. Thatís my job. Thatís my objective; and Iíll get it done.

ďGranados gave it all the talk and we thought he was going to come to fight. He didnít come to fight; he didnít even come to win. He said that he had to knock Britainís Ďgolden boyí out to win but he got on his bike. I might as well have been in there with a journeyman because that was the way he was carrying on. He was very negative; he never threw any meaningful shots and he never engaged. I wasnít able to capitalise on anything. Thereís only so much you can do against someone who comes in not to win.

ďMy preparation for Algieri has been great. Every camp we build and build. We grow and develop. I plan on displaying my boxing brain come December 11. Every camp I have I donít think I could push my body any more, but I manage to. Youíve got to push your body to the max. Before you know it, youíre reaching new PBís. Thatís standard for every single camp. You always keep learning. Iím a student of the game and school is never out. Iím always working on something.

ďIím ranked in the top 5 with the WBC and the top 10 with the WBA and IBF. That doesnít satisfy me. I want to be number one. Second to none as my dad would say. I believe thereís a lot left for me to prove, not to anyone else, but to myself. When I first turned pro, everyone thought I was Southern Area level at best, then it was British and best and then European. Iím knocking on the door for a World Title and I believe in 2022 is going to be my year to take on some of these World Champions. I continue to prove myself every single time whoever they put in front of me.

ďItís going to be a Christmas special. Itís a Christmas cracker, thatís what it is. Youíll always get criticised for who you fight. People are saying Algieri is old. Heís 37 and he looks after himself, but Iím preparing for a prime Chris Algieri and I believe he is going to bring absolutely everything. Heís a former World Champion. Weíre testing the waters in my career. We need these fights to test the waters and see where Iím at. I believe Iím world level, and I should beat people like Chris Algieri with ease. Iím very confident in my ability and everything we have been working on. Iíve just got to go in there and leave my stamp. The minute I smell a bit of blood, Iím on him like a rash."

Benn vs. Algieri tops a huge night of boxing in Liverpool, Irish sensation Katie Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs) defends her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight crowns against WBA Mandatory Challenger Firuza Sharipova (14-1, 8 KOs), ĎThe Welsh Wizardí Joe Cordina (13-0, 8 KOs) continues his push for Super-Featherweight World Title action in 2022 when he meets Belgium's Miko Khatchatryan (13-0 7 KOs), former European, British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight Champion Robbie Davies Jr (21-3, 14 KOs) takes on Henry 'Hank' Lundy (31-9-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA Continental Title, undefeated Belfast Middleweight talent Caoimhin Agyarko (9-0, 6 KOs) makes his Matchroom debut against Noe Larios Jr (14-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBA International Title, former Team GB star Calum French makes his professional debut at Super-Lightweight, Tokyo Olympian Peter McGrail (1-0) steps though the ropes for the second time as a pro against Engel Gomez (8-3-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds and is joined on the bill by his debutant brother Joe McGrail who fights over four rounds at Super-Bantamweight, Chatteris Featherweight Jordan Gill (26-1, 7 KOs) returns, while former professional footballer Paddy Lacey (1-0) has his third pro fight.



 

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