Conor Benn has his sights set on a huge domestic fight with either Amir Khan or Kell Brook should he get past Samuel Vargas.
However, the 24-year-old welterweight insists he is not overlooking Vargas as he prepares to defend his WBA continental title on Saturday night.
Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) is a rising star in the 147lbs division and produced a career-best performance in his last fight in November, overcoming Germany’s former IBO world champion Sebastian Formella with a unanimous points decision over 10 rounds.
Vargas represents another step up in class. The Colombian is a 39-fight veteran who has shared a ring with some illustrious opposition, including Errol Spence, Danny Garcia and Khan.
Benn knows a win would further enhance his reputation but the undefeated Essex fighter is refusing to look any further than Saturday night.
“I can’t jump the gun. I did that once before and hit the deck twice in the first round. I’ve got my hands full on Saturday night and I’m not overlooking Vargas,” said Benn.
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“He has been in with some of the best fighters of our generation. He’s going to bring everything he knows. He’s going to bring his 30-odd fight experience. He’s going to bring it all, he’s going to bring the heat and it is going to be a tough fight while it lasts.
“But let me get through Saturday night and then maybe we can talk about a big domestic fight – the Amir Khans, the Kell Brooks.