Conor Benn doesn’t plan on chasing paydays at the expense of thwarting his momentum.
The rising British welterweight is set to take on veteran Chris van Heerden this Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on DAZN.
Before finalizing van Heerden as an opponent, Benn had expressed an interest in taking on compatriot Kell Brook after Brook scored a pivotal sixth-round fight stoppage against rival Amir Khan in February. But serious talks never took place for what would be a lucrative fight. Benn, who has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, has made it clear that he isn’t about to play with his thumbs waiting for “big showdowns” to land on his lap.
“Money is not my motive,” Benn told BBC 5Live Boxing. “The Kell Brook fight, they were already in negotiations [with other parties]. Could I have waited for the Kell Brook fight and had a big payout, a huge payday and looked good, a big showdown? Or do I keep my head focused on April 16?
“I’m not interested in anything else. The money will come. I’m on inheritance.
Benn, the son of famous British boxing icon Nigel Benn, had something of a coming out party last year, when he showed his class against enduring contenders Adrien Granados and Chris Algieri, as well as Samuel Vargas. Against Algieri, Benn scored one of the most impressive knockouts of the year, a bloody right hand that bent the Long Island native on the ropes.
Benn (20-0, 13 KOs) had previously come under fire for picking van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) because his promoter, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, mentioned Adrien Broner, Maurice Hooker and Robert Guerrero , as possibilities for Benn. But Broner’s fight was never realistic, given where the beleaguered fighter is right now in his career, and Hooker had originally accepted an offer to face Benn, but the Texan ended up suffering an injury that took him away. prevented his participation.
“I’m on the build, I’m on the momentum,” Benn said. “I’m not going to waste time and wait for anyone. That’s where the money for me isn’t – don’t get me wrong, that’s a huge factor, I’m not a charity fighter – but my career progression and me fighting and [building] this legacy is more important to me.