Benn: "I've Got His Number On My Worst Day"
Conor Benn has put his Fight Camp disappointment behind him
and is now fully focused on stealing the show when he
defends his WBA Continental Welterweight Title against
Adrian Granados at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds this
Saturday September 4, shown live worldwide on DAZN.
'The Destroyer' was set to headline the first Matchroom
Fight Camp event last month before a positive COVID-19 test
forced the Essex native to pull out of his clash with
Mexican-American Granados on the Thursday of fight week.
Benn, a face of the British boxing future, upped his stock
in a major way after a first-round destruction of Samuel
Vargas in April to improve to 18-0 with 12 knockouts, and
the surging 24-year-old knows that another standout victory
will push him a step closer to a World Title shot in the
ďI was devastated," admitted Benn. "I went home half not
believing it. We did around eight tests. I was absolutely
devastated. I worked extremely hard and had a blinding camp.
It honestly pained me so much Ė I even shed a few tears. Iím
going to go through adversity again. Itís just how you react
to it. Whatís for me wonít pass me, so come September 4 in
front of 20,000 I'll put on a show.
ďI was quite worried about long Covid. A few people messaged
me saying not to train too hard too soon. When I broke my
jaw, and I had my first sparring session back, people were
saying, Ďyouíre going to be a bit hesitantí, and I thought,
Ďno Iím notí. If it goes it goes. If my jaw goes it goes.
Iím not going to have that at the back of my head.
"That was my mindset with training. When I was doing my
sprints on the steps down at Leigh-on-Sea, how am I hitting
my PB after Covid? How am I hitting my PB for a 5 miler? Iím
not going to say itís all been heaven because a lot of
people have been affected by COVID, but I'm blessed to have
made a full recovery in time for this huge show.
ďI donít have a message for Granados. I donít. There is
nothing to say. I let my fists do the talking. Everything
that has been said from both parties has been said now. At
the end of the day the promo is done. All thatís left to do
now is fight, and come September 4 he is in for one hell of
a fight. I know heís going to bring it Ė but that gets me
going. Letís have it!
ďHeís a tough durable guy, the only person to stop him is
Danny Garcia. He won the fight against Adrian Broner. He
gave hell to Shawn Porter. He fought Robert Easter Jr. Heís
been in with the top boys, but heís in with another top boy.
I just want to fight now. I just want to get in there now.
"Vargas heís going, Ďwell yeah, youíre not Khan, youíre not
Vergil Ortiz, youíre not Errol Spence, youíre not Danny
Garciaí, nah Iím Conor Benn mate. Thatís my approach Ė if
they donít want to put respect on my name then Iíll make
them put respect on my name. At the end of the day Iím up
for a hard fight, but I've got his number on my worst day."
Benn vs. Granados is part of a huge night of action in
Leeds, Mauricio Lara (23-2, 16 KOs) and Josh Warrington
(30-1, 7 KOs) face each other again in a huge rematch for
the Featherweight division, Undisputed Lightweight ruler
Katie Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) defends her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO
and Ring Magazine crowns against her latest Mandatory
Challenger Jennifer Han (18-3-1, 1 KOs), Mexicoís Jovanni
Straffon (24-3-1, 17 KOs) makes the first defence of his IBO
Lightweight World Title against the in-form Maxi Hughes
(23-5-2, 5 KOs), Australia's Ebanie Bridges (6-1, 3 KOs)
looks to build on her impressive KO win over Bec Connolly at
Fight Camp earlier this month when she meets Mailys Gangloff
(5-2, 2 KOs), Super-Bantamweight prospect Hopey Price (5-0,
1 KO) steps up against Zahid Hussain (16-1, 2 KOs) in an
all-Leeds clash, undefeated Super-Bantamweight talent Jack
Bateson (13-0, 3 KOs) clashes with Felix Garcia (7-2-1, 3
KOs) over six rounds, 1-0 Super-Welterweight Brandon
Stansfield takes on MJ Hall (2-61-2) and Light-Heavyweight
Mali Wright makes his pro debut against Anthony Woolery