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Conor Benn targets former unified champions Jose Ramirez and Keith Thurman after Kell Brook and Amir Khan retire from boxing


Conor Benn has turned his attention to fights against former unified champions Jose Ramirez and Keith Thurman after British boxing legends Kell Brook and Amir Khan recently announced their respective retirements.

Benn was hoping to get a big domestic fight against Brook or Khan, but was unable to convince either man to return to the ring after their long-awaited and highly anticipated grudge match in February.

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In his last fight, Benn knocked out Chris Algieri to bring his record to 20-0

The 25-year-old is now set to face former WBO and WBC welterweight champion Ramirez on July 9 at the O2 Arena.

Benn is confident he’ll take care of Ramirez before facing Thurman, who previously held the WBA welterweight title from 2015-2019, and the WBC title from 2017-2018.

“You know, [Jose] Ramirez, Keith Thurman – any names I want,” Benn told talkSPORT Fight Night.

“It’s a shame there’s nothing on the line for Ramirez’s fight considering his last fight was for undisputed unification.

“I’m confident in my ability to beat them all.”

Benn insists he has nothing but respect for Brook and Khan, as well as their decision to call it a career rather than face him.

“I was the only fight there for the two of them if they wanted to fight,” he said.

Conor Benn targets former unified champions Jose Ramirez and Keith Thurman after Kell Brook and Amir Khan retire from boxing

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Brook and Khan settle their beef in the ring before walking away from the sport

Conor Benn targets former unified champions Jose Ramirez and Keith Thurman after Kell Brook and Amir Khan retire from boxing

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Benn looking for big fights in 2022


“People say they dodge me; they don’t dodge me. Maybe they don’t want to fight me, yeah, but they don’t dodge me.

“I’m not going to go around and pretend, ‘Oh yeah, they’re dodging me.’ It’s not like that. But would they want to fight me now? They have everything to lose and not much to gain.

“They accomplished everything they wanted to accomplish in the sport of boxing, everything a young fighter could dream of accomplishing. Listen, I take my hat off to them. They are the best of their time in terms of boxing British welterweight.

The son of British boxing icon Nigel looks set to become a superstar despite having virtually no amateur boxing experience.

Benn managed to amass a 20-0 professional record which includes impressive wins over Sebastian Formella, Samuel Vargas, Adrián Granados and Chris Algieri.

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