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Conor Benn tells Eddie Hearn he won’t hang around ahead Samuel Vargas clash

Conor Benn is confident a victory over Samuel Vargas on Saturday will spring him another step closer to his dream of emulating dad Nigel by becoming a world champion.

But, unlike the Dark Destroyer, who reigned at both middleweight and super-middleweight, the welterweight has no plans to hang around once he gets to the top.

Benn said: “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.

“I just have to achieve the world title once, however long it takes, and I will be a very happy man.”

Benn, 24, became a dad himself 10 weeks ago, although 31-year-old Vargas shouldn’t think he’ll be facing a man who has been deprived of sleep for more than two months.

Nigel Benn in action against Gerald McClellan

“I’ve managed to stay well away from that,” Benn added, “I’ve been sleeping like a trooper.

“My missus has been great with baby Eli and it has been such a blessing.

“I’ve got a good set of earplugs that I wear and a set of blinds, and I’m off — I’m in cuckoo land.”

The year is promising to be a big one for Benn who, along with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, hopes the Vargas fight will set up a clash with Amir Khan or Kell Brook.

Amir Khan (left) is a target for Benn after he has dealt with Vargas (right)

Hearn said: “It’s very important for Conor and Matchroom next week because, when you look at the future of British boxing, and British stars, Conor is the new breed, he’s the next pay-per-view star.

“You only do that by reaching a certain level, or by great performances.

“We know Conor rates extremely well, he really hits numbers digitally and across social media, and people love the story.

“People are intrigued by him.

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“But you have to be able to fight and you have to be able to beat high-level opposition.

“He has always done the first part, and now he has shown he can beat European and fringe world level guys, and this is another step up in Samuel Vargas.

“I really want him to fight for the European title in the summer, I really like the fight with Amir Khan or Kell Brook later in the year, a huge pay-per-view fight that would be as well.”




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