Undefeated boxing star Conor Benn has admitted that he will cross over to MMA once his career in the squared circle is done.
The 17-0 welterweight (152 lbs) will face Samuel Vargas in the main event of Saturday night’s Matchroom Boxing card in London, and he’s been spotted training MMA with UFC middleweight Darren Till.
Benn, whose father Nigel was one of the greatest boxers of his generation, is on a path for gold in the boxing world at the moment.
But he told MMA Island ahead of this weekend’s fight that he ‘definitely’ will make the move to the cage once that task is done.
“I go to some grappling classes,” he said. “I think it’s good for your core strength and all different parts of the martial arts are part of combat sports.
“You start to see fighters crossing over to MMA and vice versa and it’s something I wouldn’t put past me at all.
“With those small gloves on I definitely think I’d clean up in the UFC or Bellator, 100%. There’s a lot of hype around me at the minute and you’ll definitely see me there once all is said and done for me in boxing.”
Benn has posted clips on social media of a Mixed Martial Arts training session he did with Darren Till, and says working with a top level athlete like that was an inspirational experience.
He fights at 152 lbs this weekend for the WBA Continental Championship, so if he were to make the move he would likely fight at Featherweight or Lightweight.
He added: “Working with Darren Till was blinding because he’s one of the best in his sport. I learned so much from him.”
Cage fighter-turned-boxer Florian Marku, with whom Conor Benn shares a promoter, has called out the 24-year-old. But when asked, Benn insisted that he was ‘not relevant at all’.