Via Dan Ambrose: Eddie Hearn is reportedly in talks with Top Rank to set up a fight between former WBC/WBO lightweight champion Jose Ramirez and Conor Benn in July.
If the fight goes on, Top Rated boss Bob Arum will assume that Ramirez will handle 25-year-old upstart Benn.
With unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr and WBO champion Terence Crawford expected to rise to 154 by early 2023, four 147 lb titles will soon be vacant.
Benn could be one of the contenders to benefit from four fragmented titles from the winner of the fight between Spence and Crawford.
Given that situation, Benn must gain more experience against Ramirez before fighting for one of the vacant 147 lb titles.
Of course, you could argue that no experience from Benn would have prepared him to beat a talented heavyweight like Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis if he were the man he’s fighting for. one of the titles was left blank. Hearn was too smart to pick a title for Benn to fight if it involved him needing to fight Boots Ennis for the strap.
When fighting Benn-Ramirez, Hearn will rely on Benn’s advantage of size, strength, and youth being enough to surpass the talent and experience Ramirez (27-1, 17 KOs) has over him.
In an interview last month, Benn mentioned Ramirez and these boxers as possible options for his July fight: Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Maurice Hooker, Keith Thurman and Jose Ramirez.
It looks like Hearn has dropped that list, potentially starting with 34-year-old former world champion Mikey Garcia for Benn.
It would be a big step for Hearn to let Mikey, Danny or Thurman fight Benn because those guys are so famous and they’ve made a lot of money in their careers.
As a result, they won’t want to be up against a younger boxer like Benn, who hasn’t yet shown the kind of talent that shows he’s capable of winning a world title if he plays against talented fighters. .
It’s been a brutal fight for Benn, giving the 34-year-old victory Chris Van Heerden last April 16. Hearn went up against young Benn against exclusively older boxers past their prime but popular with casual boxing fans.
Benn’s recent objections:
- Chris Van Heerden
- Chris Algieri
- Adrian Granados
- Samuel Vargas
- Sebastian Formella
29-year-old Ramirez was in much better opposition than Benn, and
Benn (21-0, 13 KOs) recently mentioned wanting to fight former unified welterweight champion Thurman in July, but that was a pipe dream on his part.
3rd WBO, #4 WBA, #5 IBF and #5 WBC contender, Benn will have the advantage in size and strength over 2012 US Olympic athlete Ramirez.
It’s still a fraught fight for 25-year-old Benn, who is still learning without benefiting from a long amateur career like Ramirez has had.