Following a tumultuous year, Conor Benn is back in the public eye and has been sharing his views on the current pound-for-pound number one.
The last week in July provided plenty of movement in the fantasy rankings. Naoya Inoue staked his claim for the top spot with a knockout win over Stephen Fulton which made him a unified super-bantamweight champion.
Then, just days later, Terence Crawford became undisputed in a second division when he brushed aside unified welterweight champ, Errol Spence Jr, to himself climb to the top of the tree for many.
Speaking to IFL TV, Benn was asked if he has watched Spence-Crawford and went on to praise the winner.
“I ain’t watched it yet but I’ve seen the highlights. They looked good, they looked sharp.
But you’ve got to say Crawford is a bit of an alien. He’s just a powerful fighter. He’s accurate. His timing is bang on. He’s just a good fighter. Across the board, I would probably say he is pound-for-pound [number one].”
Welterweight Benn is looking to get back in the ring himself as soon as possible. He was building good momentum before his fight with Chris Eubank Jr was canceled due to adverse findings in his VADA tests.
He had knocked out in quick time the likes of Chris Algieri, Chris van Heerden and Samuel Vargas which took his record to 21-0.
He is currently not suspended by UKAD and free to apply for a British boxing license – however his promoter, Eddie Hearn, doesn’t believe the matter is entirely closed.