Conor Benn weighed in at 150 1/2 lbs, while opponent Peter Dobson came in at 150.6 pounds as well for their 12-round headliner this Saturday, February 3rd, live on DAZN at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
As promoter Eddie Hearn says, welterweight contender Benn (22-0, 14 KOs) must look spectacular with a knockout for him to be seen as a serious option for fights against Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, Devin Haney and Terence Crawford, the murderer’s row of fighters that he’s expressed interest in fighting.
Hearn would prefer to keep Benn, 27, fighting domestic combination against Chris Eubank Jr., Kell Brook, or Liam Smith next, but fighting those guys won’t increase Conor’s profile worldwide to make him look like a serious fighter.
Not much is known about Dobson, as he’s been selected by Hearn, seemingly pulled out of nowhere for this fight. It’s unclear whether Hearn assumed that Americans are familiar with Dobson, but they’re not. He’s been operating at a level below the radar of U.S. fans.
It might have been better for Hearn to have selected someone American fans know about if the idea was to use this event as a showcase for Benn.
“My boxing IQ is always on display. My explosiveness and accuracy are always on form. So, I do what I do anyway, but I will be gunning for the knockout,” said Conor Benn to Boxing Social.
“Of course, people are going to use that narrative. ‘I got out of the mud,’ but the reality is, you don’t have to get out of the mud. Because I come from a privileged upbringing, I can’t be a boxer,” said Benn, reacting to Dobson saying that he came out of the mud to get where he is now in his life, whereas Conor Benn comes from a wealthy background due to his famous superstar dad, Nigel Benn.
“We love an underdog story, but the reality is, you can be any background; you can be anything you want to be. I prepare for anybody diligently hard. So, for me, it doesn’t matter who it is. It can be King Kong; it can be Mickey Mouse. I’m going to prepare the same way. I work extremely hard.
“I work extremely hard, and I’m dedicated to the game. He’s that guy. If you don’t prepare hard, you can mess up,” said Benn about his fight with Dobson.