Eddie Hearn lifts the lid on his plans to line up Conor Benn with a 'big name' next year

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Eddie Hearn lifts the lid on his plans to line up Conor Benn with a ‘big name’ next year with Adrien Broner, Robert Guerrero and the retired Shawn Porter options… as promoter admits David Avanesyan match-up is ‘not going to fill arenas’

  • Eddie Hearn has revealed plans to match Conor Benn with a ‘big name’ next year 
  • Benn, 25, is eyeing a welterweight title tilt next year after beating Chris Algieri 
  • Frank Warren is calling for a clash with his talented star David Avanesyan
  • But Hearn says he prefers a ‘big name’ like Adrien Broner or Shawn Porter 


Eddie Hearn has revealed his plans to line up a ‘big name’ for Conor Benn next as the boxing promoter insisted ‘everyone’ wants to fight the welterweight talent.

Benn, 25, is on the hunt for the welterweight title and displayed his championship credentials with a sensational knockout win over Chris Algieri in Liverpool earlier this month.  

There are high hopes that Benn – son of boxing legend Nigel Benn – can become the next world champion from Britain in 2022, with Hearn confident that his man can triumph in a welterweight division brimming with talent.

Eddie Hearn says he is lining up a 'big name' to fight British star Conor Benn early next year

Eddie Hearn says he is lining up a ‘big name’ to fight British star Conor Benn early next year

However, Hearn has faced calls to put Benn in with fighters who are equally young and hungry for a world championship, with Frank Warren campaigning for a match up with his undefeated fighter, David Avanesyan.

And the Matchroom chief says he is leaning towards pairing the Destroyer with big names such as Adrien Broner, Robert Guerrero or the recently retired Shawn Porter in a bid to sell tickets rather than less popular names.

‘Conor Benn wants to fight for the world title, right? So, we’re in a situation now where we can get a name or we can get a route to get that mandatory position,’ Hearn told Fight Stars TV.

‘So, I love Adrien Broner or if Shawn Porter wants to come out of retirement or Robert Guerrero [to fight Conor Benn]. All these kinds of names.

Benn is eyeing a welterweight title tilt next year and knocked out Chris Algieri this month

Benn is eyeing a welterweight title tilt next year and knocked out Chris Algieri this month

Frank Warren wants Benn to face his man David Avanesyan, but Hearn admits he is reluctant

Frank Warren wants Benn to face his man David Avanesyan, but Hearn admits he is reluctant

‘I said the other day about David Avanesyan. I’m not against that fight, but it’s just not going to fill arenas like those three, and it’s a very tough fight [for Benn], which we acknowledge, but it’s a great fight, and we don’t rule it out.

‘The plan for Conor Benn is to get him into position to challenge for a world title, and he’s on fire. Everyone is calling out Conor Benn. Why do you think? Because he’s the money-man for the division, outside of Crawford, Spence, and these guys. He’s on fire.’

Benn said last week that talks were under way with Broner’s camp over a match up in 2022, although he would be willing to fight former champions Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia, as well as current WBA king Yordenis Ugas.

When asked about the chances of enticing Broner into the ring, he told Boxing Scene: ‘Money talks at the end of the day. So, I’ve heard Eddie Hearn is trying to make (the Broner fight) happen for the early part of next year.

The Matchroom chief wants Benn to take on a more recognisable name such as Adrien Broner

The Matchroom chief wants Benn to take on a more recognisable name such as Adrien Broner

‘If that doesn’t happen, you’ve got the likes of Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia, who I’d love to share the ring with. I’d like another top American.

‘Ultimately, I leave it with my promoter and my team. I’d like the Ugas fight. I know Ugas is fighting his mandatory, so I know he’s got a tough fight there. … But if they offered me that fight tomorrow, I’d take it as well.’

Benn is currently listed as the fifth best welterweight in the world by the WBA and WBC, rankings which are likely to improve after his latest demolition job over Algieri.

He has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, taking his game to new heights with mature and efficient victories over Sebastian Formella and Samuel Vargas as well as Algieri.

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