Via Charles Brun: Promoter Frank Warren says he’s willing to let his fighter David Avanesyan fight on DAZN against Conor Benn.
Warren claims that he will even pay heavyweight, highly ranked Avanesyan (28-3-1, 16 KOs) to make the Benn fight (20-0, 13 KOs) happen himself. .
So far, Warren says he’s been “ignored” with his efforts to start a fight between Benn and Avanesyan, but he still wants to make it happen. Warren says he imagines Avaneysan going to beat the undefeated Benn.
Benn promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing has made it pretty clear that he has NO interest in fighting together against Avanesyan.
Warren is ready to make Benn vs. Avanesyan
Although Hearn says he believes Benn will win the match, he lacks the name to make it a worthwhile match.
Instead of pitting Benn against highly ranked Avanesyan, Hearn prefers to combine battles between Conor and their former world champions Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero, or Shawn Porter ‘Showtime’ was recently taken down. .
Broner and 38-year-old Guerrero aren’t ranked in the top 15 at this point in welterweight, so it’s unclear what advantage Benn will have against either.
Of course, Benn’s recent rivals, Chris Algieri and Samuel Vargas, aren’t top ranked either, and that doesn’t stop Hearn from pitting Conor against them.
“There is none. Everything we say is ignored, but I have a better idea. I said the same thing a few years ago to Ryan Burnett in Ireland. Let Matchroom and DAZN do the fighting between the two of them,” Frank Warren told iFL TV about the match between Conor Benn and David Avanesyan.
“That’s how I’m confident that my man [Avanesyan] win, and I’ll pay David. You don’t have to pay him. I will pay him. A free opponent. That is good business. They do good business on DAZN and fight well for everyone.
Warren will pay Avanesyan
“Conor had a good win last time [against Chris Algieri], and all they have to do is pay their man [Benn], Warren said. “Well, I wouldn’t say I would propose to my man if I didn’t like it.
“I think he’s going to give him a real, real problem, and I think he can,” Warren said when asked if he believes Avanesyan took out Benn. “I’ve been wrong before, but that’s my opinion,” Warren said.
It’s safe to say that Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn won’t be hosting a fight between “money man” Conor Benn and his Avanesyan anytime, if ever.
The problem is that if Benn doesn’t try his hand at quality fighters like Benn, how can he hope to beat weight champions like Errol Spence Jr, Terence Crawford or Yordenis Ugas?
When the time came for Benn to challenge for the world title against one of those three champions, he was unprepared for the fights due to the aggressive opposition. Hearn has continuously raised 25-year-old Conor.
Avanesyan is ready to fight ANYTHING
“He doesn’t like the fight with him now,” Warren said. “We are also talking to the regulator about that, and hopefully, we will have some resolution on that in the new year, but he [Avanesyan] ready to fight anyone.
“He’s a performer, and he’s a very interesting boxer. So he’s not afraid to get involved with anyone, the world champion, and you know who he’s paired with, it’s going to be a good fight.
“I would love to see him join [Vergil] Ortiz; it’s going to be an outstanding battle,” Warren said of wanting to see Avanesyan and Vergil Ortiz Jr. dispute.