Conor Benn stuns Samuel Vargas with first round knockout

Conor Benn

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Benn (left) only needed 80 seconds to defeat experienced Vargas

Conor Benn produced the most destructive display of his career to take out Samuel Vargas in 80 seconds.

The British welterweight was expected to face a test against a seasoned rival, but he jumped on an opening.

Two right-left combinations rocked Colombian Vargas, a barrage of punches followed and a hard uppercut on the ropes stopped the fight.

“Start respecting my name,” Benn said. “I’m putting Benn’s name where it belongs – at the top. “

The son of former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn added: “No one had hit him in a lap. Easy, easy. Give me a proper test, give me Amir Khan. He’s too busy messing with reality shows.

“I can live with this hype. I am ready for the best dogs, I want them, I want to test myself. I expected a tough fight. “

‘I’m going to clean up’ – Benn

Promoter Eddie Hearn wants Benn to pursue European title now

Vargas had lost six times in 39 previous outings, but it had taken stellar names like Khan and Americans Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia to top him.

Khan needed the judges’ cards to get the job done, while Spence and Garcia needed four rounds and seven rounds respectively.

While some may say Vargas’ best days are behind him, few saw him blown away in this way.

The 31-year-old protested the stoppage but was fiercely attacked and offered nothing in response as Benn, 24, chose merciless shots to close his 18th win in as many outings.

“My dad says when you see the opening jump on him,” Benn told BBC Radio 5 Live from London’s Copper Box Arena. “It was the last message from him.

“When I hit him I felt ‘there’s no way you’re up to those punches.’ I’m not even in the prime of my life and knocking out geezers. Wait until I’m 28, 29, 30 – I’m cleaning up.

“Why shouldn’t I be confident in my abilities. People don’t like it, but I work way too hard not to be confident. “

Promoter Eddie Hearn said he hopes Benn will now aim for the European title held by BBC Sport’s David Avanesyan and Mike Costello said a fight with the Russian was “one of the most exciting that can be done on a British ring ”.

“Amir Khan is a big leap, but it’s a huge fight,” Hearn said. “I would always love to see Conor win a European title, but after a performance like that, how can you not be excited and watch the big names.

“It’s no longer a story of him being the son of a legend. It is becoming that people go up to Nigel Benn and say “you are Conor’s father”.

“He’s outperforming everyone in the gym, it’s hard not to be really, really excited. He will be a superstar. “

‘Benn enters the chase pack’

Benn now has 18 wins in 18 contests

BBC Sport Boxing Correspondent Mike Costello: What an impressive victory. It’s a performance that will send a message around the world welterweight division even if that doesn’t scare the high end. There’s a certain nostalgia in it because that’s the kind of performance and finish his dad delivered when he won world titles.

Steve Bunce, boxing analyst live on BBC Radio 5: In welterweight we are fortunate to have two men – Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford and they can compete with anyone at any time. I think Benn just crushed the chase squad. This sends a little warning. It confuses things a bit in the welterweight scene.

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