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McKenna: Benn wouldn’t last six rounds with me

Irish KO artist Stephen McKenna is confident Conor Benn wouldn’t be able to handle his firepower in a shootout.

The Monaghan banger has halted all seven of his opponents to date and is angling for number eight when he meets Pole Damian Haus, live on Channel 5, on the Sam Eggington vs Carlos Molina undercard at the Coventry Skydome Arena on Saturday night.

McKenna, 24, has mixed it with the best in sparring in California’s toughest gyms and believes he can dismiss rising star Benn in emphatic fashion, replicating Irish legend Steve Collins’ wins over Conor’s celebrated father Nigel.

“It’s the fight I’m looking for and I’d love to get Conor Benn into the ring,” said McKenna. “It would be a dangerous fight for him and I think that [Benn’s promoter] Eddie Hearn would know that.  It would be too dangerous for him as Benn hasn’t come up against a puncher yet and he wouldn’t make it past four, five or six rounds against me.  I’d get him out of there really quick.

“I’ve been watching him and seeing a lot of flaws and, once he comes up against a guy like me, he’s going to end up on his back.  I’m still progressing and after a couple more fights we could make it happen, maybe next year.  It would be a great fight that would capture the attention of the English and Irish fans.

“I’m still 7-0 and he’s 18-0, I know that if I fought him now I’d beat him, but after some more fights then next year I’d love to get the fight. Wherever he’d want to do it, in England or in Ireland, he’ll end up like his dad and getting beat by another Irishman. 

“I’d just love to get him into the ring.  You can see he leads with his emotions and he’s crying before fights and he’s very emotional.  The minute he gets in the ring with me he’ll know what he’s in for.”