By Jack Tiernan: Eddie Hearn has three older fighters – Adrien Broner, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero, and Shawn Porter – on his shortlist for Conor Benn to struggle subsequent in early 2022 doubtlessly.
Benn, 25, is coming off a fourth spherical knockout win over 37-year-old former WBO gentle welterweight champion Chris Algieri final Saturday night time on December eleventh on the M&S Financial institution Enviornment in Liverpool, England.
Algieri was previous, shot and combating out of his common weight class of 140, taking over Benn at 147. Towards Algieri, Benn not surprisingly regarded like a world-beater, knocking him out chilly.
Is it nearly cash?
The 38-year-old Robert Guerrero is well beyond his prime at this stage in his 20-year skilled profession, and it’s unlikely he’ll assist Benn enhance.
The best way Benn is being introduced alongside by Hearn is eerily much like how Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was matched early in his profession to benefit from the recognition of his well-known father.
If it’s nearly cash for Benn and Hearn, selecting Guerrero may assist in that space as a result of the older followers nonetheless bear in mind him. However the youthful era will doubtless do not know who ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero is as a result of his most memorable fights befell from 2006 to 2016.
Hearn is at present negotiating a struggle between unbeaten welterweight contender Benn (20-0, 13 KOs) and former four-division world champion Adrien’The Drawback’ Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs).
If Hearn is profitable in his negotiations with the 32-year-old Broner, he’ll transfer on and attempt to put a struggle along with the previous two-division world champion ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (37-6-1, 20 KOs) and Conor.
The not too long ago retired Shawn Porter (31-4-1, 17 KOs) could be probably the most troublesome of the three to barter with as a result of he’s coming off a tenth spherical knockout loss to WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on November twentieth.
Hearn prefers Broner over Avanesyan for Benn
“I believe he beats [David] Avanesyan,” mentioned Hearn to Boxing Social about Conor Benn beating the highly effective, extremely ranked welterweight contender. “It’s a very, actually robust struggle, but when I could make a a lot greater title struggle than Avaneysan, I’ll.
“Avanesyan is an excellent fighter, however outdoors of our little boxing world [he’s not well known], I don’t need to be disrespectful, however Adrien Broner, and these sorts of names.
“These are names, even [Chris] Algieri. We noticed the viewership in America for that struggle. It was HUGE for the Algieri struggle,” mentioned Hearn about Conor Benn’s struggle final Saturday night time towards former WBO gentle welterweight champion.
“That is about constructing a world star. It’s not about simply doing so as a result of some bloke in an interview on boxing Social mentioned, ‘Properly, they’re operating.’ F*** off. We’ve acquired greater plans than you, mate.
‘You do your factor, and we’ll see what you do subsequent.’ We’ve acquired a world plan for our fighters with begin potential, and Conor Benn is one in all them,” Hearn mentioned.
Broner is a a lot after selection for Benn to struggle than Avanesyan as a result of he’s mainly a 130-pounder by way of punching energy, and he’s not going to be a menace.
Can Benn turn out to be a star combating simply previous guys?
The stamina points that Broner has proven in his final 5 fights mirror his lack of dedication to remain within the gymnasium in between contests.
It could most likely be disastrous if Hearn let Benn struggle a harmful puncher like David Avanesyan as a result of he’s not previous, weak, and over-the-hill just like the fodder that the Matchroom Boxing promoter has been feeding to Conor.
Avanesyan is an amazing physique puncher, and he would take a look at Benn in a approach that he hasn’t been since he turned professional.
If Hearn desires to show Benn into an actual star and attempt to develop him in a real approach, he wants to vary the way in which he’s matching him. Neglect about placing Benn in with the old-timers like Broner, Guerrero, and Porter. As a substitute, deal with matching Benn towards these fighters:
- Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
- Vergil Ortiz Jr.
- Keith Thurman
- David Avanesyan
- Danny Garcia
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas
Broner, Guerrero & Porter = choices for Benn
“We do what we do, and we do what we wish, and we make the proper strikes for Conor Benn. We’re not hiding; we’re not aking simple touches. And we’re growing on the proper time towards the proper names.
“Adrien Broner, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter if he desires to return out [of retirement],” mentioned Hearn about choices for Benn’s subsequent struggle. “These are the names which might be going to refill the O2 and make him a world star.
“That’s the plant for Conor Benn. We all know what we’re doing. Different folks don’t know what they’re doing, so we’ll transfer on the proper tempo.
“Like I mentioned, the event has been perfection with Conor Benn, and 90 p.c of it has been all the way down to him due to what he has performed within the gymnasium.
“So we’re doing this proper. We’re not doing these huge balls, ego. ‘He referred to as me out.’ We’re making the proper strikes. He’s making a fortune, and good luck to him.
“He’s going to make some huge cash and be an enormous star,” mentioned Hearn about how he intends on transferring Benn along with his match-making and growth.
If Hearn plans to match Benn towards previous guys till he could make a killing with an enormous payday struggle towards IBF/WBC 147-lb champion Errol Spence Jr. or WBO champion Terence Crawford, you’ll be able to’t fault him for doing that.
Benn gained’t enhance a lot combating the shell of Guerrero, Porter, or Broner sufficient to the place he’ll be able to beating Crawford, Spence, and even Yordenis Ugas.
These guys had novice backgrounds and confronted higher opposition after they have been youthful. Their administration didn’t simply carry them alongside to make simple cash towards shot fighters with out the considered their growth.