Speaking during the Ogowa-Cordina fight week, welterweight contender Conor Benn told BBTV that, while no names have been tied down as of yet, his next opponent will be of world-class calibre as he continues to chase a shot at world honours. The planned date for Benn’s next outing is for some time in September, and the twenty-five-year-old is not fussy over which belt he wants to tie down so long as a shot for a world title opens up for him in the near future.
Benn disposed of Chris van Heerden inside two rounds in April, and has been linked with opponents such as former super-lightweight champion Jose Ramirez, as well as America’s Adrien Broner, though the latter now looks set to face Omar Figueroa in July.
The Ilford man forms one part of a trio of rising stars at 147lbs, along with Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis and Vergil Ortiz Jr who are both based across the Atlantic, and all three look to take over from Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford as the top contenders at welterweight. Both Crawford and Spence Jr. look set to finally face-off in the final quarter of this year in an undisputed showdown, as per ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, meaning that belts could become fragmented soon after due to the impossible demands of the four sanctioning bodies involved, perhaps opening the door for a world title shot for ‘The Destroyer’ Benn.