Conor Benn is patiently building a resume the other top welterweights should take seriously.
The talented contender from England has faced progressively better opposition with consistent results. In his last three fights he has defeated Sebastian Formella (UD), Samuel Vargas (TKO 1) and Adrian Granados (UD).
And Benn (19-0, 12 KOs) will be facing another veteran in Chris Algieri on Saturday in Liverpool (DAZN).
“I’m ranked in the Top 5 with the WBC and the Top 10 with the WBA and IBF,” he said. “That doesn’t satisfy me. I want to be No. 1, second to none, as my dad (Nigel Benn) would say. I believe there’s a lot left for me to prove, not to anyone else, but to myself.
“… I’m knocking on the door for a world title and I believe 2022 is going to be my year to take on some of these champions. I continue to prove myself every single time whoever they put in front of me.”
Algieri (25-3, 9 KOs) is a proven commodity. The 37-year-old Long Islander, a slick boxer, won a 140-pound title by outpointing Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014 before moving up in weight to challenge 147-pound champ Manny Pacquiao, who put him down six times in a near shutout.
He returned from a two-year hiatus to outpoint capable Mikkel LesPierre this past August, demonstrating that he has some fight left in him.
“People are saying that Algieri is old,” Benn said. “He’s 37 and he looks after himself, but I’m preparing for a prime Chris Algieri and I believe he is going to bring absolutely everything. He’s a former world champion. We’re testing the waters in my career. We need these fights to test the waters and see where I’m at.
“I believe I’m world level, and I should beat people like Chris Algieri with ease. I’m confident in my ability and everything we have been working on. I’ve just got to go in there and leave my stamp.”