Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados: Date, UK Start Time, Fight Camp Schedule, Undercard, TV Channel, Odds
Conor Benn makes his highly anticipated return to the ring on Saturday night as he takes on Adrian Granados to kick off the second edition of Matchroom’s Fight Camp.
The 24-year-old put in a seriously impressive performance when he knocked out veteran Samuel Vargas in just one minute and 28 seconds in a statement win in April.
Benn has progressed by leaps and bounds in recent years and is now leveraging legitimate ambitions for a world title, where he can go a step further with Saturday’s win.
The Mexican Granados stands in his way, having won just 21 of 32 fights, losing eight and drawing three, including his last appearance against Jose Luis Sanchez.
There are also some notable names on the undercard, with Campbell Hatton getting another outing, while Xu Can – who was touted to fight Josh Warrington ahead of the Yorkshireman’s shocking defeat to Mauricio Lara – is also set to be show skills.
With the match fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Conor Benn (center) takes on Adrian Granados to start Matchroom’s Fight Camp 2
Benn, 24, wants to progress towards a world title after 18 wins from as many fights
When is Benn vs Granados?
The welterweight clash between Benn and Granados is set to take place on Saturday, July 31 at Matchroom HQ in front of 300 fans.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring around 10pm BST, although that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
There’s also plenty of action on the undercard, with a tantalizing domestic showdown for the British, Commonwealth and European cruiserweight titles between Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billam-Smith.
How to watch the fight?
Benn took an emphatic first round victory over veteran Samuel Vargasgas in April
Benn’s clash with Granados, who, as mentioned, marks the start of Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp, also marks the start of Matchroom UK’s ‘game-changing’ deal with DAZN.
It is the first Matchroom show since Hearn’s announcement that they would be leaving Sky Sports for the streaming service.
The full fight map will be available worldwide on DAZN, except for those in Australia or New Zealand.
Viewers can sign up with a special introductory offer of just £1.99 per month, with the option to cancel at any time. The battle will be available on all devices.
While last summer’s Fight Camp experienced an eerie silence, this year there will be 300 fans per week. Tickets cost €750 each, plus €50 reservation costs.
Benn vs Granados: the records
Adrian Granados does carry the power, with 15 of his 21 wins via knockout
Height: 5ft 8in
Recording: 18W, 0L, 0D
Height: 5ft 9in
Recording: 21W, 8L, 3D
Battle map full
- Conor Benn vs. Adrian Granados for the WBA Continental Welterweight Title
- Xu Can vs. Leigh Wood for the WBA World Featherweight Title
- Tommy McCarthy vs. Chris Billam-Smith for British, European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles
- Avni Yildirim vs. Jack Cullen
- Anthony Fowler v Rico Mueller
- Campbell Hatton vs. Jakub Laskowski
- Sandy Ryan v Kirstie Bavington
Benn is looking for a title shot
As mentioned, the last time against Vargas, Benn put in his best performance of his career, and he looks set to show his progress once again on Saturday.
Ahead of the fight, he said, ‘Do I believe I can win a world title? 100 percent,’
“There will always be critics. There will always be naysayers. It’s impossible for them, because that’s their way of thinking. That’s why they’re on social media to project their mistakes.
‘I think nothing is impossible. If I’d like to switch over and do what it is – it could really be anything – I will make it successful. It’s not just boxing. It’s my way of thinking, it’s what I do.’
Benn wants to prove he is Britain’s best welterweight on Saturday nightavond
The 24-year-old – who is the son of legendary boxer Nigel Benn – insists he is being viewed more critically because of his family name.
He said: ‘I’ve had a target on my back since I turned pro because my father is Nigel Benn. It’s that simple. ‘The Dark Destroyer’, the legend.
“People like to call me silver spoon, but I chose the toughest sport in the world. I don’t have to be here. I have everything to lose. I am a winner – all round. Of course I want the big fights. I want to be the best fighter in Britain – which I believe I am. The rankings don’t lie and I’m number one.’
About the challenges Granados will pose, Benn added: “He can prepare for King Kong, he can prepare for whoever he wants, it doesn’t bother me.
‘Do what you have to do. Do whatever you want. Prepare as you wish. It won’t make any difference, come fight night.
“I’m looking forward to it more than ever, I’m more hungry now than ever, and if he thinks I’m going to let him get in the way of getting my world title, something is coming, that’s for sure. .’
Benn vs Granados: the odds
After his stunning first-round win over veteran Vargas last time, it’s no surprise that Benn is the overwhelming favorite to take the win.
Benn is favored at 1/20 to take the win – 12/5 on points and 4/11 on interruption.
Granados has eight defeats to his record of 32 fights, and is not expected to cause too much trouble for Benn, with a 9/1 chance of winning – 22/1 on points and 13/1 on stoppage.
* Opportunities according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
Battle Camp Schedule
BATTLE CAMP 2 SCHEDULE
Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados
Can Xu vs Leigh Wood
Tommy McCarthy vs Chris Billam-Smith
Anthony Fowler vs Rico Mueller
Avni Yildirim vs Jack Cullen
Campbell Hatton vs Jakub Laskowski
Sandy Ryan v Kirstie Bavington
Kid Galahad vs James Dickens
Fabio Wardley v Nick Webb
Alen Babic vs Mark Bennett
Ebanie Bridges v Bec Connolly
Johnny Fisher vs Josh Sandland
Ellie Scotney vs TBA
Aqib Fiaz vs TBA
Joshua Buatsi vs Ricards Bolotniks
Michael McKinson vs Przemyslaw Runowski
Raymond Ford v Reece Bellotti
Savannah Marshall vs TBA
Ukashir Farooq vs TBA
Felix Cash vs TBA
Natasha Jonas vs TBA
Hopey Price vs TBA