Conor Benn has fired a warning at Adrien Granados ahead of their welterweight duel at Fight Camp on Saturday night.
The young star is regarded as one of the leading fighters in the division, and is set to take another step up against an American opponent who has been in the ring with the likes of Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter.
And the 24-year-old has delivered a warning message to his opponent, stating that Granados is in the ring with a ‘top boy’ with the American making his debut in the UK.
Benn said: “He (Granados) is definitely a stepping stone on my way to the top, but he is certainly a better test,” Benn said to Mirror Fighting on a media day ahead of the fight.
“He keeps talking about ‘I’ve been in with the best and this top boy’ but you’re in with another top boy this weekend.
“When Vargas said he had been in with Amir Khan and Virgil Ortiz, that’s your mistake for not putting me up where I know I am.
“If you want to fight out the hard way, I will let you find out the hard way.”
The WBA continental welterweight champion defeated Samuel Vargas in just 82 seconds in his last outing, with an explosive first knockout victory sending a real statement of intent to the rest of the division.
His previous fight in 2020 was a unanimous decision victory over tough German Sebastian Formella, with the action taking him into later territory.
And ‘The Destroyer’ has reiterated the importance of getting rounds under his belt, as he looks to develop his career and become world champion.
“Of course I have prepared to go the distance, but the rounds are so important,” Benn continued.
“As nice as it was to get the first round knockout, you need the rounds.
I was disappointed that the Vargas fight went only one round, as there is still question marks.
“Although I beat Formella convincingly you still have to answer questions at different times of the fight.
“So to progress my career, I certainly want to get some rounds in.”
Benn has previously revealed his hopes of becoming world champion in the near future, and believes that this victory would be a ‘huge statement’ ahead of the contest.
The welterweight called out the likes of Amir Khan after his last victory back in April, and labelled himself the leading welterweight in the country after the explosive opening round victory.
With a new era dawning at Benn’s promoters Matchroom Boxing, the fight at the weekend will be the second instalment of the Fight Camp series, which will now be exclusively broadcast on streaming service DAZN after the label’s broadcasting deal with Sky Sports ended.
Also on the card is another world title clash between WBA regular featherweight champion Xu Can and power-puncher Leigh Wood, joined by a European and Commonwealth cruiserweight title clash between Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billam Smith.
There is more world-level welterweight action taking place in August, where Errol Spence is set to take on boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in a mega-fight on August 21.