‘I’ll Have Winner Of This No Problem’ – Conor Benn Identifies Future Opponent
Conor Benn returned to the ring for the first time in over a year, where he won via unanimous decision against Rodolfo Orozco in Orlando, Florida, on September 23. Benn was allowed to return to the ring following a decision from The independent National Anti-Doping Panel to lift Benn’s suspension from boxing. This decision has resulted in an appeal from the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping. Benn has been very vocal since his return and has now identified a potential future opponent.
Conor Benn Identifies Potential Opponent
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Benn Targets Winner of Yordenis Ugas and Mario Barrios Fight
Despite more than a year out of the ring, Benn looked sharp on his return, landing smart combinations and keeping up a high work rate throughout the ten rounds of his return fight. Orozco had never been stopped in his 38-fight career, and the Mexican showed his durability, taking some heavy-looking punches from Benn throughout. The best work from the British fighter saw him unload spiteful combinations on his way to a wide margin points win, with the judges scoring the bout 99-91, 99-91 and 96-94.
Benn, via a posting on the social media platform X, has called out the winner of Yordenis Ugas (27-5, 12 KOs) vs. Mario Barrios (27-2, 18 KOs), who will fight on September 30 on the undercard of “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo. In response to a tweet from Showtime about the Ugas vs. Barrios fight, Benn responded by saying: “I’ll have the winner of this no problem.”
Ugas is 37 years old and last fought in 2022 against Errol Spence Jr. – and was defeated via a tenth-round technical knockout. Should the Cuban fighter win against Barrios, he would face Benn full of confidence. He is an aggressive fighter who is defensively solid and would make it difficult for “The Destroyer.” The extensive amateur career of Ugas means he is a threat to any opponent.
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Barrios is a big welterweight who would not be afraid to meet Benn in the middle of the ring and trade. He has a powerful left hook, which he switches well between head and body when attacking. His astute trainer, Virgil Hunter, ensures he is tactically aware in fights and knows when to attack.
If Benn is to face either Ugas or Barrios, he has enough skill to defeat both. His work rate and power would seemingly be too much for Ugas to handle as “The Destroyer” will not stop coming forward. Barrios has the power to trouble “The Destroyer,” but he struggled when Keith Thurman dictated the pace of their fight, and Benn seemingly would enforce similar tactics.