Welterweight contender Conor Benn 22-0 (14) will have his second straight fight in the United States when he takes on virtual unknown Peter Dobson 16-0 (9) at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 3.
The 27-year-old Brit has been not boxed in his homeland for almost two years after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) refused to licence him following a failed drugs test.
“I never thought I would fight in Las Vegas, let alone headline, so it’s nothing but a blessing,” said Benn, who is currently completing his training camp at the Matchroom Churchill Gym in Santa Monica, California.
“I’m going to make an example of him. He can do the talking. Talk as much as you want, the outcome will be the same. Delusion is one hell of a thing and there’s a fine line between delusion and confidence. I know what I am bringing in and that’s sheer violence, sheer brutality, sheer spite. Whatever he does, I do better, and I am going in there to handle business and deal with him in serious fashion.”
Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn said his boxer was coming to the States to put the 147-pound division on notice.
“This is a big night for Conor where he can send a message to the world champions and elite names. He can tell them he’s ready to take them on in 2024,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said when the fight was announced.
“Conor has the itchiest of knuckles to get in there. He’s on a seek-and-destroy mission in Las Vegas. And what an opportunity for Peter to rip up the script and break into the big time.”
Now in the prime of his career, Benn says it is time to stop comparing him to his famous dad, former world champion Nigel Benn.
“Obviously, I’m not my dad. It’s evident to see. I am Conor Benn, that’s that,” Benn said.
“What [Dobson’s] said is nothing I haven’t heard before, if he wants to talk that talk, fair play. Talk is cheap, I take no notice of it but when I get in the ring, I express every bit of feeling I have in me. So, he can keep talking, it’ll just make me want to end the fight early. I’m going in there to dismantle him and remind everyone who’s who and what’s what.
“I’m coming for it early and when I see an opportunity, I take it, that’s who I am. I take the shots I see, I don’t pull back, I don’t pitter-patter, I’m going in there to iron him out, that’s who I am, and I can’t help it. If I see one split-second of pain or weakness, I make sure he knows I’ve seen it.
“I don’t watch my opponents, I leave that to [trainer] Tony [Sims], I am confident in what I do and my ability. So, I don’t know much about Peter, but I know that I am one hell of a fighter, I’m powerful, extremely determined and full of grit. I punch like a horse’s kick, so good luck to him.”