By Charles Brun: Conor Benn says he “100%” would like to face Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis or the winner of the Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson fight.
The chances of Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn giving him the green light to battle #1 IBF Boots Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) or #1 WBO Vergil Ortiz Jr (18-0, 18 KOs) are virtually nonexistent.
Benn is bringing in too much money fighting shot guys for Hearn to change the formula.
Hopefully, Conor Benn isn’t going to turn into a Ryan Garcia type of fighter who calls out all the big names but then NEVER faces any of them.
It would be pathetic if Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) becomes a name-dropper and spends the rest of his career fighting old, weak has beens.
“‘The biggest fight for you is surely Boots or the winner between [Michael] McKinson and [Vergil] Ortiz.’ Exactly that. Yeah, Ennis or the winner of McKinson [vs. Ortiz] 100%,” said Conor Benn on social media when asked what the best fight for him.
“If McKinson beats Vergil Ortiz, that makes that fight so much more sellable. He’s the most unsellable, unwatchable fighter I’ve ever known, so why would I want to take part in that? I wouldn’t. He’s [McKinson] has got to have some substance behind him.
“Boots is a great fighter. ‘What’s my prediction of Ortiz-McKinson?’ As much as I’d like to see McKinson to win, I don’t see it going past four or five.
“Ortiz is a fast starter. The problem is when you don’t have no power, and he only has one or two knockouts on his record. If that was me, I’d hit anything on his body.
“I’d just hunt him [McKinson] down and walk straight through him. He says he can punch, but he only has two knockouts. His biggest win is Chris Kongo.
“Am I worried about protecting my O? I give value for money. I’m an entertainer. People love watching me fight, and that’s that. I ain’t no Mayweather, that’s for sure.
“With my career, we took steps. I had the look against Samuel Vargas, who just fought Vergil Ortiz. I had the look against Chris Algieri when he’d just beaten a good fighter [Mikkel LesPierre]. I beat a good fighter in [Sebastian] Formella when he’d just lost to Shawn Porter.
“We weigh up how I am in comparison, and you do a benchmark. There’s no benchmark with him [McKinson],” said Benn.