Conor Benn was quick to call out Chris Eubank Jr following the middleweight’s statement win over Liam Williams on Saturday night.
Eubank Jr finally ended his 10-year rivalry with ‘The Machine’ at the Motorpoint Arena in Williams’ home city of Cardiff, knocking his Welsh counterpart to the canvas on four occasions on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
The 32-year-old, who has made clear improvements since partnering with the legendary Roy Jones Jr two years ago, is targeting the middleweight elite, including a mouthwatering world title shot against Gennady Golovkin.
Benn, who campaigns at welterweight, two weight classes below that of Eubank Jr, is gunning for a domestic showdown of his own, however, taking to Twitter to outline his intentions after the fight.
The 25-year-old wrote ‘I fancy my chances at a catchweight’, attached to a link of an article from The Sun, which quoted a tweet from Sky promoter duo Kalle and Nisse Sauerland stating they’d be open to arranging a bout between the pair.
The tweet, embedded in the article, read: ‘You know somewhere, some special night in the not too distant future Eubank v Benn the next generation will happen. And we will be more than happy to make that happen.’
The bout would be a British blockbuster in its own right, but it would also unearth a sense of nostalgia after Eubank Jr’s father Chris fought Benn’s dad Nigel on two occasions during the 1990s.
It was Eubank snr who got the better of Nigel Benn in their first encounter for the WBO middleweight title, before the rematch three years later ended in a draw.
The likelihood of the bout actually taking place is slim at best, however, with the two weight classes between them a significant obstacle.
As is their respective endeavours for glory in their own divisions. With victory over Williams, Eubank Jr, already the mandatory challenger for the WBA belt – a title belonging to Ryota Murata – has pushed himself further towards a world title shot later this year.
Benn meanwhile was one of the standout fighters in a thriving welterweight division last year, claiming highly impressive wins over Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados and Chris Algieri.
‘The Destroyer’ does not currently have an opponent lined up, though promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed he will likely be out in April, while naming Maurice Hooker, Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner as possible options.
Speaking to DAZN, Hearn said: ‘He’ll be out in April and we’re just finalising his fight now. We’d love the Broner fight but we’ll have to see.
‘I like Robert Guerrero, I like Maurice Hooker. I like all these kinds of fights because they give us names with profile and they’re the right tests.’
He added: ‘2022 is the year when I think he should challenge for a world title. Two more fights and I think he’ll be ready.’
Eubank Jr is already on the hunt for his next opponent, tweeting ‘WHO’S NEXT!!!!’ after his win.