Conor Benn Adrian Granados Fight Back On For September 4th
Out of disappointment that he could not fight in the Matchroom Boxing “Fight Camp” series main event late last month due to Covid 19, Conor Benn was eager to announce that he will be back quickly to fight Adrian Granados in early September.
Benn took to social media Sunday and confirmed his Welterweight contender battle is back on for September 4th at the Emerald Headingly Stadium in Leeds, England,
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) August 15, 2021
This bout will be part of the undercard for Josh Warrington-Maurico Lara Featherweight Matchroom main event card at the outdoor football (soccer) venue, which is about three hours north of London.
Benn was supposed to have fought Granados on July 31st in the backyard of the Matchroom sprawling estate/headquarters. However, just days before the bout, he was positive for Coronavirus and the fight was postponed.
The unbeaten son of the former two-division world champion, Nigel Benn, is a rising star in England at 18-0, 12 KOs. And, he was expected to handle the veteran Granados easily, however, now with the Covid infection, one has to wonder if that has equalized things in terms of Benn’s youth and power for the match up.
Benn’s last time out was in April, when he took just 1 minute and 20 seconds to wipe out Samuel Vargas inside the opening round. And, he’s clearly on the rise, attempting to get in the Welterweight title picture.
Still, that will be difficult. This, as there is a logjam of talent at 147 lbs., including the likes of Texan Vergil Oritz, who overwhelmed Ejidius Kavaliauskas for an 8th round TKO Saturday night in the Golden Boy Promotions main event. That moved Ortiz to 18-0, 18 straight knockouts. And, it has him angling for a shot at WBO World Welterweight champ, Terence Crawford.
There obviously was supposed to the mega-PPV battle with unbeaten Unified World Champ Errol Spence and future Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao this weekend in Las Vegas. However, Spence suffered a torn retina in his left eye during training and is out indefinitely. Meanwhile, Pacquiao will still headline the PPV with WBA champ, Yordens Ugas taking Spence’s place.
There are also former champions Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who are both training and looking for title bout. However, those two may end up fighting each other for a second time late this year or early next year. This, as both need to stay active/relevant, as well.
Back to Benn, if he does follow through with another impressive KO, against a veteran, he may get in the mix for one the bigger names in the division. Then, again, he may have to come the USA to get the chance, as well.