Updated: May 5
British welterweight contender, Conor Benn, will hope to continue his winning streak later this month taking on the durable Adrian Granados, headlining the first segment of Matchroom’s Fight Camp series on July 31st.
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The show marks the first time that Matchroom Boxing will showcase their talent exclusively on DAZN, ending a 25- year partnership with Sky Sports who will now broadcast Top Rank cards in the UK. Conor Benn, (18-0 , 2 KO) will defend his WBA Continental title against Mexican Adrian Granados (21-8, 15 KO) in Essex, England.
Conor “The Destroyer” Benn is a potential future star of British boxing who has demonstrated power and decent boxing ability in his career to date. If a boxer is only as good as their last fight then Benn is in a great position. His recent 82 second destruction of Samuel Vargas five months ago showcased his piston-like jab and crunching right hand - reminiscent of his father’s power. Benn’s journey has been guided carefully by promoter Eddie Hearn but this latest outing will provide a solid test as he attempts to make some noise in the division in the near future. Despite the step up in class Benn said in recent weeks: “The way I’m punching I expect to get him out of there inside six rounds.”
Granados is the more experienced operator, having faced significantly higher opposition, including Adrian Broner, Shawn Porter and Kermit Cintron. On the occasions where the Mexican has stepped up in class he has failed to prevail; however, many believe the split decision loss to Broner was controversial. His sole stoppage loss came at the hands of Danny Garcia in 2019, being dropped three times before being finished in the seventh round. Granados has won two of his last five bouts against suspect opposition whose combined losses amassed to 58. Despite this, Granados is expected to be a decent test for Benn and will be looking to add a popular name on his resume.
A win for Benn will extend his education in the professional ranks where he will need to be well-schooled if he has plans to challenge the titans of the star studded division, including Terrence Crawford, Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia. Granados will be looking for an impressive win against a credible opponent and most likely feels disdain at the idea he has been picked as a gatekeeper for an aspiring British star.
Fighters Form' – Last five Fights
Connor Benn Samuel Vargas Win By Tko Rd 1 10/4/21
Sebastian Formella Win By UD 10/10 21/11/20
Steve Jamoye Win By Tko Rd 4 26/10/19
Jussi Koivula Win By Tko Rd 2 21/6/19
Josef Zahradnik Win By UD 8/8 20/4/19
Adrian Granados Jose Luis Sanchez Win By MD 8/8 1/5/21
Arturo Herrera Cario Win By Tko Rd 2 6/2/21 Robert Easter Jr Loss By UD 10/10 26/10/19
Danny Garcia Loss By KO Rd 7 20/4/19
Adalberto Borquez Win By Tko Rd 3 14/9/18
Date: July 31, 2021
Time: 7 pm (UK), 2 pm (ET), 4 pm (PT)
Venue: Matchroom Fight Camp, Brentwood, England
Channel: DAZN (Excluding Australia and New Zealand)
Elsewhere on the card
In the co-main event, Cruiserweights Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billam-Smith will battle it out for the British, European and commonwealth titles. The undercard also includes outings for Anthony Fowler, Shannon Courtenay and Campbell Hatton.