Conor Benn responds to Eddie Hearn’s suggestion on "perfect" next opponent

Conor Benn has responded to Eddie Hearn's suggestions that he should fight Adrien Broner next, by revealing that he would love to share the ring with the American.

The talented welterweight defeated Mexican Adrian Granados in Leeds on Saturday night, in a fight which provided him with a real test as the Mexican was tough and rugged and managed to take the Briton the distance.

And the 24-year-old wants to fight once more this year, despite having his initial bout date with Granados postponed due to a positive coronavirus test which threatened to plague his world title charge.

Hearn proposed a bout with veteran welterweight Broner, and Benn has responded that he would "love" to fight the American.

"I'll have Broner next. I'll have Broner here at the O2, I'll have him at a stadium out in America – it doesn't bother me. Broner is definitely an opponent I’d love to fight and share the ring with this year," Benn told talkSPORT.

“Four-time world division champion, I won’t shy away from anybody and if he wants it I’ll give it to him. That’s not a problem."

Benn has revealed his plans to make a world-title charge at his own pace, drawing comparisons to welterweight rival Kell Brook, but has warned that he must keep taking steps-up in level to appease his growing reputation.

And the young talent revealed his "frustration" at not being able to make Granados engage in the exchanges, but was helped by the "warm" welcome from supporters.

“It was very frustrating,” Benn admitted after the fight. “He was talking like we were gonna come together like a truck and it was gonna be a great fight for the fans, and he was on his bike the whole night.

“I was ready to go toe-to-toe and let him have it, but I had to hunt him down, which is what I done, when a Mexican don’t wanna engage, you know you can’t half dig.”

“We move on to the next one, I’ve defended my WBA title five times now… world title shot is around the corner!”

“Twenty thousand shouting my name, it was absolutely incredible, I’ve never had a welcome like it and it lived up to what they say about the Leeds supporters.

“I don’t know what I’ve ever done to deserve a welcome like that. It was absolutely incredible.”

But Hearn has also admitted that he would "love" Benn to fight Amir Khan in a super-fight before the latter hangs up his gloves, as the pursuit of a next opponent continues.

And Benn has previously revealed that he expects to receive "heavyweight numbers" viewing his fights as he continues his journey to the top under the guidance of Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn.

"Win, lose or draw I'm not going to be underpaid, I work hard," Benn said on a media day ahead of the bout. "My last two fights were on Sky, did heavyweight numbers so I want heavyweight cheques.

"I'm not bothered about what X, Y and Z [welterweight rivals] are doing, I'm just focused on what I'm doing."

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