Connor Ben has to wait for Adrian Broner’s warm-up fight to secure his fight – as the problem is finally taking boxing seriously again.
The 32-year-old American’s once illustrious boxing career has been marred by legal and personal problems away from the ring.
But the four-weight world champion – and the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather – remains a prominent name in the sport, the skull of which Ben would like on his record.
In December 25-year-old Ben wiped out Chris Algeri with KO-of-the-year contender, the son of Brit legend Nigel, called Broner.
But promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed the charming ace – who has lost two of his last four matches – wants a tune-up before daring to face The Destroyer.
The matchroom boss said: “I’ve talked to Broner and ideally he’d like a fight before he fights Connor because he’s on this crusade of seriousness, can you believe it?
“He wants to make one last run on him and that means getting Connor ready for the fight.
“He insists he is ready to fight Conor Ben, but he wants a warm-up fight in March, if possible.”
Ben has shown incredible improvement over the years under Essex trainer Tony Sims.
The rising record of 20-0 welterweight now includes names such as Sebastian Formella, Adrian Granados and Samuel Vargas.
And if Broner doesn’t hurry up and accepts a fight with the super-determined slugger, Ben has crosshairs on two other respected ex-world champions.
Hearn revealed: “The other two names we love are Robert Guerrero and Maurice Hooker.
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“We expect Connor Benn to fight against one of those three names at O2 in April.”
Southpaw legend Guerrero, 38, is the two-weight world champion, who has distanced himself from Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.
The 32-year-old Mighty Mo Hooker defeated Terry Flanagan of Manchester for the WBO super-lightweight title in 2018, but has grown to 147lbs after losing the 2019 title.