Unbeaten welterweight contender Conor Benn has rejected the idea of fighting unbeaten prospect Florian Marku.

This past Saturday night in Bolton, Marku got off the floor to score a stoppage win over Rylan Charlton in the eighth round.

Afterwards, he called out Benn - and claimed the unbeaten Brit was scared to take risks against real opponents.

Benn returns to the ring on April 10, when he faces division veteran Samuel Vargas.

"Listen, Conor Benn he never takes these risks. I start proving myself in Greece back then fighting the best, I beat the best guys in Greece," Marku said.

"Conor Benn will never risk his record with me. I'm going in there to die and Conor Benn knows that and he will never fight me."

Benn, however, does not see any point in facing Marku at this moment in time.

"He's 28 and he's really got to push on now in his career but the reality is he just got bullied around by a light welterweight. He did get hit with a left hook and he got put down. I beat undefeated kids early on in my career, I've been there, seen that, done that," Benn said to Sky Sports.

"But then again at that stage in my career I was calling people out like me, so you can't blame him. But 'coward'? Come on, man. Don't be silly. When he's calling me out, I said don't be silly. If that was my left hook you'd be put to sleep. You have to take it with a pinch of salt because you think about how many times I've been called out throughout my career, tons.

"This guy ain't going to make no difference. I've got bigger fish to fry. I beat a former world champion is Sebastian Formella, I'm fighting a guy whose fought the best of our generation [Samuel Vargas]."