By Jim Calfa: Eddie Hearn says he wants to match Conor Benn against Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner next, provided he wins his headliner match against Chris Algieri this Saturday night.
The highly ranked #7 IBF, #7 WBC, #10 WBA welterweight contender Benn (19-0, 12 KOs) needs a step-up opponent after his match against Algieri and the former four-division world champion Broner is the ideal guy.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) will give Benn a colossal name to increase his popularity and a shred of credibility in the eyes of casual boxing fans. The hardcore fans won’t be impressed with a win by Benn over the 32-year-old Broner; they recognize that ‘The Problem’ is well past his prime, and he never cut out physically to fight at 147.
Broner’s best weight classes were at 130 and 135, but he ate his way out of those divisions a decade ago, and he’s been on a slow downward spiral since 2013 after moving up to 147.
Hearn says Broner is a BIG fight for Conor Benn
“I like Adrien Broner. And I think he has a lot of value, and when his head is switched on, I think he’s a tremendous fighter,” said Eddie Hearn to Fighthype.
“I think that’s a big fight for Conor Benn, but we’ll see if he can come through [Chris] Algieri first on Saturday. Yeah, I can, but it’s a tough fight,” said Algieri when asked if he could see ‘The Problem’ Broner as the next opponent for Benn.
“If you get a switched on Adrien Broner, it’s a really, really tough fight, but all eyes on Algieri first,” said Hearn.
If Conor had the kind of talent that his famous dad Nigel Benn possessed, Hearn wouldn’t need to dig up Adrien Broner to feed to him to make him look better than he is.
Unfortunately, Conor is nothing like his father, Nigel. The ‘Dark Destroyer’ Nigel was bigger, stronger, faster, and a total seek & destroy warrior inside the ring.
Still, there’s money to be made with Conor Benn, and Hearn is bright by matching him against guys he knows he can beat.
It doesn’t matter if the young Benn is ever matched against a quality fighter during his career. He will make money for a long time like a dependable oil well.
Adrien = safe fight for Benn
There’s little chance that something could go wrong for Benn against Adrien Broner because he’s looked steadily worse with each performance in the last five years.
The Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn doesn’t want to throw the 24-year-old Benn in with any of the lions at 147 or 140 like David Avanesyan, Jaron Ennis, and Virgil Ortiz Jr.
Benn has so far off from those guys are in terms of development that it would be pure incompetence on Hearn’s part if he matched him against any of them. He’s not ready for those types of fighters, and it’s questionable whether he ever will.
I think it’s time to holla at EH
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) December 7, 2021
“I’ve been making millions every fight over ten years now. All of you do the math, you idiots! And now it’s time to make some more maybe it’s with
@DAZNBoxing, maybe it’s with @SHOsports. S***, maybe I will be the first one to bring @HBOboxing back. Just know, I’m must-see TV 135-140,” said Adrien Broner on Twitter.