Re: Amir Khan v Kell Brook - Finally
Conor Benn recalls Amir Khan conversation that led to fight rejection
Benn has expressed his desire to face Khan or Brook after their grudge fight next year, but Khan has already told the young star it is unlikely as he plans to hang up his gloves
Conor Benn has spoken to Amir Khan about a potential domestic showdown which he rejected by explaining his retirement plans.
The 25-year-old cruised through the latest step of his sensational rise with a brutal KO victory over Chris Algieri earlier this month.
He is now looking for his next opponent and has called out the winner of Khan's hotly-anticipated showdown with Kell Brook.
Benn has admitted he spoke to Khan about staging a potential clash next year but would also welcome a match-up with Brook.
"Amir Khan don’t want it. No chance he will want it, there’d be no way," Benn told World Boxing News. "I’ve spoken to him about it.
"He’s retiring after the (Brook) fight. Kell Brook, I’d take the fight all day long. I’d fight either of them, but I’ve got more of a chance to fight Jake Paul, It’s one of them situations — why would they want to fight me?
"It’s a 50-50 fight, it’s 10 years too late, but it’s still a 50-50 fight. Khan’s chin is very vulnerable. There’s no secret there. But Kell Brook has had both his eye (sockets) fractured, so it’s like who’s got what left.
"But I’m tipping Brook. More durable. I don’t think Khan has the power like Gennadiy Golovkin or Spence to break his eye socket. Hopefully, Brook comes through and then he can get the smoke. He can get the Benn smoke.”
Benn is looking to progress further on to a world-title shot next year after having a successful 2021 where he also picked up victories against Adrian Granados and Sebastien Formella.
Any potential fight with the winner could take place later next year with Brook and Khan set to face-off in Manchester on February 19.
They will finally settle their rivalry after a long wait for British fans, with the pair having plotted to face each other for over five years.
It will take place at a catchweight of 149lbs with both men set to pay a six-figure fine for missing the limit next year.
Meanwhile Benn will look to face another significant opponent early next year with Adrien Broner currently in pole position.
Despite Broner's recent decline, the Briton believes a meeting would still be a blockbuster clash and great experience to continue his rise to world-level.
“I’d like to fight Adrien Broner,” Benn continued. “I know he’s not the Broner he once was but it’s a good name on my resume.
“It would get a lot of hype, of course, but it would also present a different style to the one I fought before. He’s a massive name, so if you look at it from a marketing perspective, great fight. I don’t even need to talk financials. He’s a massive name over there (in the United States) and over here (in the United Kingdom).
“There’d be some build-up before the fight. It would sell out wherever it is. And you anyone who has achieved four world titles in different weight divisions, you got to put them up there as idols, so I’d love to share the ring with him.”
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