Conor Benn claims he wants Russian “monster” David Avanesyan after the European welterweight champion handed Josh Kelly his first pro defeat.
Trainer Adam Booth pulled Kelly out in the sixth after the former Olympian had been put down twice in that round.
Benn, who faces Samuel Vargas on April 10, was ringside at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to witness Avanesyan’s destruction of Kelly and says he will fight him if the public want it.
“Definitely,” said the unbeaten Benn. “I fear no-one.
“Everyone made Avanesyan out to be a monster and he has proved he is the monster they were making him out to be.
“I’m still learning, I’m still grafting and if the public want it, the public will get it.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn claims that fight could happen and also suggested Albanian Florian Marku, who stopped Rylan Charlton in eight rounds in the chief support, as a possible opponent for Benn.
“For sure,” said the Matchroom MD. “That would be a big fight, but also a very tough fight.”
Hearn applauded Booth’s decision to pull Kelly out to save him from further punishment and the Sunderland fighter had suffered cuts to the back of his head and over his right eye.
“Adam Booth knows his fighters,” he said. “Josh Kelly would have got up again, but he might have got knocked out badly and he would not have recovered to win the fight.”
Hearn also confirmed Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin has been delayed three weeks until March 27 because of the coronavirus travel restrictions and will take place in Gibraltar.
“We did everything to try and make March 6 happen, but with the new travel restrictions it was impossible,” said Hearn.
“Now we have something outside the box, compelling, and a unique setting for one of the heavyweight fights of the year – roll on the Rumble on the Rock!”
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