Conor Benn is looking to steal the show in his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title defence against Adrian Granados on Saturday night, Josh Warrington Vs Mauricio Lara Rematch fight card at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leads.
Benn was fully prepared to defend his title against Granados in the first Fight Camp main event last month but was forced out if the card due to a positive COVID 19 pre fight test result. However, Benn has moved on from that unfortunate situation and will be looking to make a Statement when he meets Granados in the ring on Saturday.
Benn was able to announce himself to the world scene with a first round destruction of Samuel Vargas, winning the biggest fight of his career and plans to back that up with another spectacular finish.
“I was devastated,” admitted Benn. “I went home half not believing it. We did around eight tests. I was absolutely devastated. I worked extremely hard and had a blinding camp. It honestly pained me so much – I even shed a few tears. I’m going to go through adversity again. It’s just how you react to it. What’s for me won’t pass me, so come September 4 in front of 20,000 I’ll put on a show.
Benn recalled his ordeal after being thrown out of the Fight Camp Card due to COVID 19 and the different passionate mental and advisory assistance he received during his recovery process and how he coped afterwards transitioning to training in preparation for the Granados fight.
“I was quite worried about long Covid. A few people messaged me saying not to train too hard too soon. When I broke my jaw, and I had my first sparring session back, people were saying, ‘you’re going to be a bit hesitant’, and I thought, ‘no I’m not’. If it goes it goes. If my jaw goes it goes. I’m not going to have that at the back of my head.
“That was my mindset with training. When I was doing my sprints on the steps down at Leigh-on-Sea, how am I hitting my PB after Covid? How am I hitting my PB for a 5 miler? I’m not going to say it’s all been heaven because a lot of people have been affected by COVID, but I’m blessed to have made a full recovery in time for this huge show.
Concerning Granados, Benn doesn’t have anything left to say ahead of his fight with the Mexican American and will preferably wait till fight night to talk with his fist as Promotion for the fight is done. However, he expects one hell of a fight from the top contender.
“I don’t have a message for Granados. I don’t. There is nothing to say. I let my fists do the talking. Everything that has been said from both parties has been said now. At the end of the day the promo is done. All that’s left to do now is fight, and come September 4 he is in for one hell of a fight. I know he’s going to bring it – but that gets me going. Let’s have it!
“He’s a tough durable guy, the only person to stop him is Danny Garcia. He won the fight against Adrian Broner. He gave hell to Shawn Porter. He fought Robert Easter Jr. He’s been in with the top boys, but he’s in with another top boy. I just want to fight now. I just want to get in there now.
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