Conor Benn admitted he shed a few tears when his fight against Adrian Granados was postponed during Matchroom’s Fight Camp series.
Benn v Granados had been set to take centre stage on the opening night of Fight Camp season 2 on July 31 but the Brit was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19. The welterweight scrap will now take place this weekend on the Mauricio Lara-Josh Warrington card at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
“I was devastated,” admitted Benn in a Matchroom press release.
“I went home half not believing it. We did around eight tests. I was absolutely devastated. I worked extremely hard and had a blinding camp. It honestly pained me so much – I even shed a few tears. I’m going to go through adversity again. It’s just how you react to it. What’s for me won’t pass me, so come September 4 in front of 20,000 I’ll put on a show.”
“I was quite worried about long Covid. A few people messaged me saying not to train too hard too soon. When I broke my jaw, and I had my first sparring session back, people were saying, ‘you’re going to be a bit hesitant’, and I thought, ‘no I’m not’. If it goes it goes. If my jaw goes it goes. I’m not going to have that at the back of my head.”
Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) surprised many when he blitzed Samuel Vargas in just one round earlier this year. This weekend the son of ‘The Dark Destroyer’ says once again that he will let his fists do the talking, words between himself and Granados have already been exchanged. And another emphatic performance will rise his stock furthermore.
“Everything that has been said from both parties has been said now. At the end of the day the promo is done. All that’s left to do now is fight and come September 4 he is in for one hell of a fight. I know he’s going to bring it – but that gets me going. Let’s have it!”
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