Conor Benn is hoping to essentially use Saturday’s fight with Adrian Granados as a stepping stone toward a world title fight, but the veteran Granados warns Benn that he’s not coming to Matchroom Headquarters to lose.
“I want to beat Conor Benn and get closer towards a world title shot of my own,” said Granados. “I’m not worried about whatever Conor Benn is saying. He’s saying he’s going to stop me. He’s saying he’s going to do this and do that. You know what? I don’t talk, I just show up, and that’s what I’m going to do.
“Confidence is good. That’s what we all have. I’m a confident fighter. I’m confident in my abilities. I just don’t talk the way he does. Some of the things he said about me, it’s like, ‘Alright, boy, you’re going to find out now.’ Don’t be talking all that mess because you’re going to get humbled real quick.”
Granados (21-8-3, 15 KO) also says that Benn (18-0, 12 KO) shouldn’t get overconfident after blitzing Samuel Vargas in one round in April.
“I’m not anybody else you ever fought. He’s making it seem like he’s going to dismantle me, he’s going to destroy me. It’s like bro, you ain’t nobody. I didn’t even know who he was until recently. I’ve got respect for the Benn name. I respect him because he’s a Benn. It’s from his dad and what his dad has done.
“I’m going to have to stop him because I’m fighting England’s new golden boy in England. I’ve got to stop him. I know everyone was impressed with his fight with Samuel Vargas but he just kind of jumped on Sammy and Sammy wasn’t expecting all that. It was a great win for him, but I’m not Samuel Vargas.”
The 31-year-old “Tigre” is also well aware — as fans are — of how his career has gone in bigger fights, including a handful of questionable decisions that went against him.
“I kind of see myself as a lovable loser because I just can’t get a decision. I can’t get a win at the big stage. I give hell to whoever I fight. Have they looked at my losses and think I’m the right fight to take? My career could look so much different if the right decisions were made in my fights. I know that I’m going to show the heart that I’ve got and the balls that I’ve got.
“I’ve asked questions of much better fighters than Conor Benn and I’m not coming to the U.K. to make up the numbers. This is a big opportunity for me against a fighter I know they’re hyping to be the next big thing. They’ve made a mistake in picking me. This is a big moment for me and I’m taking it.”