Conor Benn is now 16-0 (11 KOs) and has told talkSPORT.com he’s ready for the necessary steps that will take him from prospect to world level.
However, when he gets to the top of the welterweight division, he does not expect to find current champions Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao there waiting for him.
Benn, 23, impressed with his development in 2019
“The welterweight who I think is gonna be at the top when I’m at the top is a fighter called Vergil Ortiz,” Benn said to talkSPORT.com.
“He’s an animal. I reckon he’ll be running things by the time I get to world level.
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all [if he dethroned Spence or Crawford] in the next two years.”
Ortiz is a highly rated young American fighter from Dallas, Texas.
22-year-old is growing a reputation in the US
He shares Benn’s record of 16-0, however Ortiz has a 100 per cent KO record winning all 16 of his bouts by stoppage.
It must be admitted that, despite their similarities, Ortiz is at an advanced stage in his pro career at present.
Ortiz has already beaten fringe contenders such as Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco and Samuel Vargas.
This is the level Benn hopes to conquer next.
Ortiz dominated Samuel Vargas last time out
“Hopefully mid-to-end of October,” he said of his likely return date, “Though I wouldn’t shy away from a fight in September.
“As you can see from my social media pages I’ve been grafting during lockdown…
“I think it’s about that time [for a step up], obviously you never stop learning, but it’s just one of them things.
“It just feels right, not just my decision, it’s mine and my team, it’s a mutual decision that we’re gonna [step up].
“You know, you’ve gotta take a gamble at some stage of your career.”
Benn is 16-0 (11 KOs) as a rising welterweight
The prime target for Benn is British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins.
Promoter Eddie Hearn made an attempt to make this bout for July, but rival promoter Frank Warren (who represents Jenkins) was not best pleased with his method of approach.
“I was gutted for Jenkins because I know he really wanted the fight,” said Benn.
“If two fighters wanna fight, let them fight.
Benn is ready for every challenge
“I read an article where Warren was saying I don’t fight anyone with a pulse.
“I’ve tried fighting [Johnny] Garton, [Bradley] Skeete and now Jenkins.
“It will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”
When asked about further domestic rivals such as Chris Kongo and Luther Clay, Benn concluded: “Listen, I’m not afraid of any welterweight fighter in the UK, in the world.
“We’ll take the right fights at the right time, we’re learning and when I win the British title, all this lot can get the work.”
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