Conor Benn Destroys Samuel Vargas In Just 80 Seconds And Calls Out Amir Khan

The 24-year-old put on a ferocious display at the Copper Box Arena
10:11, 11 Apr 2021

Conor Benn was in explosive form on Saturday night, blitzing Samuel Vargas with a swathe of shots which forced the referee to end their Welterweight bout after just 80 seconds.

The 24-year-old made light work of his opponent and hammered the Canadian-Colombian with a flurry of punches to record a first round TKO. Vargas was clearly rocked by Benn’s electric pace and two right-left combinations and an uppercut forced the referee to call time on proceedings.

The British boxer remains unbeaten and now has his sights on a domestic fight with Amir Khan.

"Start putting respect on my name," insisted Benn, son of former champion Nigel. "I'm putting the Benn name where it belongs - back at the top.

"No-one had banged him out in a round. Easy, easy. Give me a proper test, give me Amir Khan. He's too busy messing about with reality shows.

"I can live with this hype. I'm ready for the top dogs, I want them, I want to test myself. I was expecting a hard fight."


Vargas had previously taken Errol Spence Jr to four rounds, lasted seven with Danny Garica and was beaten by Khan on points. Here though, the 31-year-old was blown away at the Copper Box Arena by a stunning and ferocious Benn display.

"My Dad says when you see the opening, pounce on him," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "That was the last message from him.

"When I hit him I felt 'there is no way you will live up to these punches'. I am not even in my prime and I'm knocking out geezers. Wait until I'm 28, 29, 30 - I'm cleaning up.

"Why should I not be confident in my ability. People don't like that but I work way too hard to not be confident."

Eddie Hearn would like to see Benn aim for the European title held by David Avanesyan but admitted the young fighter, who he heaped huge praise on, will now attract the big names after such a performance.

"Amir Khan is a big jump, but that's a huge fight," he said. "I would still like to see Conor win a European title but after a performance like that how can you not get excited and look at the big names.

"It's not a story of him being a legend's son any more. It's becoming that people will go up to Nigel Benn and say 'you're Conor's Dad'. He outworks everyone in the gym, it's hard to not get really, really excited. He will be a superstar."

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