Conor Benn can’t help but scoff at the suggestion that he is a one-trick pony.
The second-generation boxer has heard from several past opponents claim he is far more puncher than boxer and that he is at a loss when the knockout doesn’t present itself. As much as been suggested by Chris van Heerden (28-2-1, 12KOs), who Benn faces in a scheduled 12-round welterweight clash this Saturday on DAZN from AO Arena in Manchester, England.
“It’s just a matter of time before I catch up with van Heerden,” Benn noted during an open media workout Wednesday afternoon at Albert Hall in Manchester. “I don’t know where it comes from that I can’t outbox them.”
Benn (20-0, 13KOs) has never fought past ten rounds, doing so twice within his last four fights. He was twice scheduled for 12-rounders, though ending the night early on both occasions including a highlight reel, fourth-round knockout of former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri last December in Liverpool.
Van Heerden has told anyone who will listen that he will force Benn out of his comfort zone simply by applying what he views as a superior skillset. The 34-year-old South African southpaw insists he boasts the better movement and ring generalship, which he plans to exhibit on Saturday.
Benn has heard it all before, with his unbeaten record as proof that the talk has yet to evolve into action.
“Look at Sebastian Formella, I outboxed him for ten rounds,” Benn pointed out of his first fight to go the ten-round distance. “The last one, Chris Algieri, I outboxed him every single round and then knocked him out. Formella, I beat him convincingly.
“Adrian Granados got on his bike and ran. “It don’t really matter. It don’t make a difference to me if it comes by knockout or points.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox