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  Benn: "I Want All The Smoke"

Conor Benn is planning to dominate Peter Dobson in their clash at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday February 3, live worldwide on DAZN Ė and put all of his rivals on notice that he is coming for all the smoke in 2024 and beyond.

Benn (22-0 14 KOs) is back in action in his second straight fight in the States after he returned from a 17-month absence in Orlando in September with a ten-round points win over Rodolfo Orozco. ĎThe Destroyerí has signaled his intentions to deal with Dobson (16-0 9 KOs) in a Ďviolentí manner, and then wants to get straight back into action in April or May.

Some of the biggest names in the sport are in Bennís crosshairs on both sides of the Atlantic, with Brit rivals Chris Eubank Jr, Kell Brook and Liam Smith eye-catching future foes, as are American powerhouse names Devin Haney and Jaron ĎBootsí Ennis. The first bridge to cross is dispatching the dangerous Dobson in emphatic fashion, and then Bennís attention will turn to all the big names as the 27 year old looks to stake his World title claims.

ďIíve been on the tip of everyoneís tongue and heavily spoken about, talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words,Ē said Benn. ďIíve proven time and time again I am what I say I am. Whether it goes the distance or two rounds, every department I do what I say I am going to do. You want to get outboxed for ten rounds? No problem. You want to get beat up for ten rounds, 12 rounds? No problem. You want to get knocked out early? Come and try me. Thatís what this fight is, a reminder that I am what I say I am. You will see progress, even with whatís gone on, youíll see what Iíve learned and that Iíve been in the gym and stayed disciplined, where many would have fallen off. Itís hard to stay motivated when you are being taken off course, but I have stayed disciplined, and you will see that on Saturday.

ďHopefully after this fight, April or May, weíre aiming to get back out in the UK in a mega-fight that the British public deserve. Thatís all that matters, everyone thatís rode with me, gone through the storm with me and felt my emotions, we feel it together. Iím blessed with the supporters I have and the love I get shown. The deserve it and I want to give them the fights they want, I was willing to go up to 160lbs to do that. Any Welterweight is not a concern for me, any top American fighter, anyone, no problem.

ďI donít get involved in negotiations; I leave that to my team. This whole period, my team has just allowed me to stay disciplined and work in the gym. To stay dedicated and block out the noise of the multi-million-pound fights, the fights that have fallen through, the names like Devin Haney, Boots Ennis, Kell Brook, Chris Eubank Jr Ė I just stay dedicated to what I do. The money isnít the motivating factor for me, winning is - I love winning, thatís what is important. If Chris didnít want the fight, he didnít want the fight, thatís that. I wonít lose sleep over it, I just kept saying Ďwhoís next then?í We keep moving, learning and developing. Chris isnít at the front of my mind, I will stay the course and remind everyone why I am one of the most dangerous fighters at 147lbs.

ďIím 27 going on 40. I feel the last 18 months has aged me ten years. Iíve changed a lot. Things that used to worry me donít worry me anymore. Itís true when they say that when you go through adversity, it gives you nothing but resilience and strength. Would I choose to go through it again? Probably not. Has it taught me a lot about who Conor Benn is as a man? Itís tested me, my character, what I stand for, what I believe in.

ďIím proud of the way I have handled it at such a young age, and still deal with being a dad, a husband, a son, a role model, itís a lot. Some days I was dragging myself to the gym and it was hard, I was breaking down in the gym, saying ĎI donít know if I can do thisí. So, overcoming all of that, Iím proud of myself and Iím thankful, whatever Godís plan is, Iím trusting the process. Thereís a lot of ups and downs but having a little girl on the way has softened me a little bit. My son is a blessing and when you look at my life, outside of boxing, itís a blessing.

ďIt came from Bill Haney he said he would love the fight and I said no problem, we can do that fight, we can do it next. Devin has fired back with his nonsense talk; I didnít mention his name and he wasnít on my radar. But Bill was respectful, I like Bill and I like Devin, I donít know why he was carrying on like that - but if he wants to come to England and to 147lbs, no problem. Think itís going to be an easy touch? Come over. Itís not a problem to me. Letís fight. We could have it in America, in England, in a phone box, anywhere.

ďIíve been calling for Boots. His Dad has come out and said, Ďheís not even known in Philly maní, who wants to be known in Philly? Thereís a whole global market, why would I want to be known in Philly? Iím a bigger name than him, probably in America and England. Is he a great fighter? Yes, a hell of a fighter. But donít be claiming you donít know who I am, and I do nothing for you. I was calling him out when I was top five. Itís weird. Remember I had no amateur experience, Iím not going to cry about it. I decapitated Samuel Vargas and Chris van Heerden better than Boots and Vergil Ortiz, so when you want to do your comparisons, thereís your measuring stick. Iím progressing quicker than anyone, so put some respect on it.Ē

Bennís clash with Dobson tops the bill in Las Vegas, where the co-main event pits two exciting and unbeaten Middleweights against each other in the shape of Houstonís Austin ĎAmmoí Williams (15-0 10 KOs) against Germanyís Armel Mbumba-Yassa (10-0 7 KOs) for the for the WBA International and IBF North American titles.

Itís a Brit-heavy card with Bennís Tony Sims-trained stable mates George Liddard and Jimmy Sains Ė who faces Andrew Buchanan (3-0-1 2 KOs) and Ahmed Swedy (5-2 2 KOs) respectively, and popular unbeaten Heavyweight George Fisher (10-0 9 KOs) offers a first overseas away day for his loyal ĎBull Armyí and takes on Ukraineís Dmytro Bezus (10-1 5 KOs) over eight rounds, while Light-Heavyweight talent Khalil Coe (7-0-1 5KOs) enjoyed a fruitful 2023 takes on Mexican KO artist Gerardo Osuna (20-0 18 KOs) over eight rounds.



 

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