It’s nothing but respect,” Benn said of the Bolton native in an interview with IFL TV after the fight. “I’ve seen loads of interviews (with Khan), yeah, ‘he wants the fight’, so I thought I’d give him this opportunity to express [that]…You see these interviews, yeah, ‘Khan fancies Benn fight.’ Well, here’s your moment to express that. And what was expressed was the complete polar opposite.
“I take it he’s enjoying retirement. He’s living a nice life. He’s had a great career. He’s probably thinking, ‘why would I want any of that.’ I don’t blame him. He’s probably thinking I could probably do without that in my life.”
Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), the son of British boxing great Nigel Benn, also assumed that Brook also shares the same line of thinking as Khan, but with the Sheffield native Benn was much less charitable. Benn had called out Brook after Brook defeated Khan, but their discussions apparently faltered because Brook’s asking price was too high. Brook has reportedly been in serious talks to face middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr.
“Same with Kell Brook,” Benn said. “He talks rubbish. He talks so much waffle. Honestly, he does. He talks waffle, mate. It’s just frustrating because you think you’re number one in Britain, I think I’m number one in Britain, let’s have at it.
“Because you ain’t better than me. You know, it won’t go past three rounds. He wouldn’t. He won’t go past three rounds.”
Hearn, Benn’s promoter, has stated that he intends to match his charge with a high-caliber, high-profile opponent by the end of summer, suggesting Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, and Mikey Garcia as possibilities. It is not clear how feasible any of those options would be, however, given that those fighters are, to one degree or another, backed by Al Haymon, whose company Premier Boxing Champions rarely does any business with Hearn.
Benn made it clear he has no issues facing top contenders, including the likes of David Avanesyan, who has repeatedly called Benn out for being “scared” to face him.
“This is what I do every single day,” Benn continued. “I live for this. You think I’m concerned about any fighter or any man? No one’s scared of no one. No one fears no one. We’re challengers, we’re fighters, we’re predators. This is what we do.”