With Conor Benn scoring an impressive 10-round decision win over Sebastian Formella on Saturday, the second generation standout made clear to Eddie Hearn and TV viewers that he’s got one fight he really wants, a matchup with Josh Kelly in 2021.
“The only big domestic I want is Kelly,” Benn (17-0, 11 KO) said after the fight. “People saying I’m scared and all that, stop talking rubbish. Do I look like a scared fighter? Nah. They should have taken their chance when they could, because I’m on the up.”
Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KO), however, has his actual next fight on his mind first, as he’s slated to face David Avanesyan for the European welterweight title, likely as part of Matchroom’s Jan. 30 event, which will feature the Povetkin-Whyte rematch:
There’s one fight on my mind atm a more dangerous one than benn...avanesyan...we offered benn the fight before, but 2021 there should be a big domestic for the European title after I win in January— Josh Kelly (@JOSHPBK) November 21, 2020
Adam Booth echoed those sentiments, also saying that a Kelly-Benn fight later in 2021 could be a big one, which promoter Eddie Hearn also suggested for the summer of next year.
️"Josh Kelly will fight anyone!" @boxingbooth says that @JoshPBK is fully focused on his next fight with David Avanesyan, but would welcome a domestic dust up with Conor Benn in the future pic.twitter.com/tEGCisXLam— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) November 21, 2020
But Booth gave Benn, 24, his respect for a solid win on Saturday, too.
“(Benn) is adding to his game rapidly, and he has to, because he wants the big fights soon. So massive kudos to him. With regards to Josh, we’ve got one name on our mind and that’s David Avanesyan. That is all we care about, that’s European championship and a top 10 ranking in the world. That’s where Josh is at the moment, and I’ve been told that’s the end of January. Josh will fight anyone, and domestically the scene is nice and hot, and Conor’s a great, entertaining, explosive addition to it.”