Amir Khan is BOOED by crowd in Manchester for refusing to accept Conor Benn fight after jumping in ring to congratulate the young star following his latest KO victory over Chris Van Heerden
- Boxers Amir Khan was booed as he joined Conor Benn in the ring in Manchester
- Benn stopped Chris Van Heerden in the second round hitting him into the canvas
- Khan refused to fight against Benn and appeared uncomfortable when asked
Amir Khan was booed after he refused to commit to fighting Conor Benn.
Greenwich-born Benn, 25, got the better of South African Chris van Heerden in Manchester on Saturday night.
Khan jumped into the ring after the fight, but the Bolton boxer was not up to committing to a blockbuster bout against Benn and was booed by fans.
Amir Khan was booed when he entered the ring in Manchester after Conor Benn’s victory
Greenwich-born Benn, 25, defeated South African boxer Chris van Heerden on Saturday night
He was previously defeated by rival Kell Brook in February, after the later go the better of him in the sixth round to finally settle rivalry in brutal grudge match.
‘I am just here to enjoy the boxing. I’m a fan. I’m here to support him’, Khan said ringside after Benn’s victory.
‘At the moment to spend time to my family but who knows.
‘If I comeback then we can see where we go from there.
‘He is a young and hungry lion.’
Khan said he is not committing to fight Benn and had previously claimed he would retire
Benn produced a ruthless one-two combination to defeat Van Heerden, a similar move he used to get past Chris Algieri four months earlier.
The former is a 21-0 contender and is now too big for anything less than a world title shot or domestic PPV showdown next.
Benn said: ‘People thought a southpaw might be a problem but I’ll beat anyone in front of me. I keep silencing critics, I’ll beat southpaws, boxers and punchers.
Benn is huge fan of Khan and would relish the opportunity to go head-to-head against him
‘I will have Brook or Khan but I don’t think they fancy it. So I will push on for world titles.
‘I respect Amir, he was the best of his time. The fight would be idols to rivals.’
Benn has long targeted a domestic showdown with either Khan or with Kell Brook who has demanded £10million for the bout, and following his performances, his wish may be granted in the near future.