Via Dan Ambrose: Eddie Hearn has made Top Division offer Jose Ramirez to head against Conor Benn, the undefeated British heavyweight at the O2 Arena in London, England, on July 9.
Former WBC/WBO lightweight champion Ramirez (27-1, 17 KOs) whose name is known worldwide that Hearn is looking to get the 25-year-old Conor Benn undefeated (21-0, 14 KOs) fans noticed.
It will be interesting to see if Top Rated will allow their famous boxer Ramirez to take on Conor Benn in the UK. It’s a move that doesn’t make sense for Top Rated because Ramirez isn’t the second tier you let your opponent promoter use to make his gladiator look good.
Even though Ramirez of the 2012 US Olympics has been fighting his entire career at the age of 140, he is planning to move up to 147. Benn will clearly have a size advantage over Ramirez.
Ideally, you’d like to see Benn fight someone he doesn’t have an advantage over, as he’s fought a lot of old lions in his short career.
Boxing fans want to see Benn’s Hearn fight with David Avanesyan or Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis to see if the hype is real.
“We made an offer for Top Rated,” said Eddie Hearn. iFL TV about his hopes to put together a fight between Jose Ramirez and Conor Benn on July 9. “It’s a fight that I like.
WBO Benn 3rd place would be a quick way for Ramirez to get high in the weight division if he beats him. It won’t be easy, especially if he has to do it on foreign soil in London.
Benn, the son of famous British boxer Nigel Benn, dodged what many boxing fans see as an obvious loss in a bout against Cedrick Peynaud in 2017.
Ramirez will have 12 rounds to make sure he doesn’t concede a controversial decisive goal like Peynaud’s.
“Conor wants to fight Keith Thurman, who I think is a [tough opponent]. I want another one before he fights Keith Thurman. I’m just being frank, but he’s ready to go.
“Obviously, he is very disappointed that Kell Brook has chosen to retire. Mikey Garcia, Maurice Hooker,” Hearn said of other options for Benn’s July 9 battle.
“Jose Ramirez is the man I would love to have [for Conor]. How much DAZN would pay for a battle with Ramirez and how much they would pay for a battle with Avanesyan.
“If I can get Jose Ramirez past an Avanesyan, then no disrespect, we have to do it. If we can’t get a big name, we’ll look at Avanesyan. Benn-Avanesyan, do you sell out O2?
“Not many people know who Avanesyan is. He’s a great fighter, but I want a big name that can be known around the world.
“If I could get Jose Ramirez for Conor Benn, I’m sure anyone with a brain would understand it’s a bigger fight, better for Conor Benn’s global profile,” Hearn said.