British welterweight Conor Benn taunted opponent Adrian Granados in the middle of their bout on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old was frustrated with his opponent’s ability to evade punches but he still secured a 100-90, 99-91, 97-93 win over the American at a packed Headingly with 20,000 fans in attendance.
Benn would have likely secured the knockout he was hoping for if Granados had chosen to aggressively challenge his opponent instead of fighting negatively for the entire 10 round fight.
'The Destroyer' was rewarded for landing the important blows as he took the fight to his opponent, although some fans took to social media to say they were unimpressed by his behaviour.
One user suggested Benn will ‘cringe’ over pretending to be a bull while another simply said the Brit was trying too hard.
Another fan insisted Benn ‘won’t be moving up anytime soon’ due to the supposedly immature behaviour.
Benn, who now has a record of 19 victories from 19 bouts with 12 knockouts, was fighting for the first time since he floored Samuel Vargas in just 80 seconds back in April.
This fight was scheduled to take place in July but was forced to be delayed after Benn tested positive for Covid just two days before the fight.
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Son of former two-weight champion Nigel, Benn admitted he was frustrated by the fight but thanked the ‘incredible’ crowd for the electric atmosphere in Leeds.
“It was very frustrating,” he told DAZN. “He was on his bike the whole fight but I hunted him down.
“Leeds, you lot are incredible. I've never had a crowd like it. I need to headline here.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted the future is bright for Benn as he lines up a potential run at a world title.
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“We just did a five-fight deal with Conor Benn," revealed Hearn. "We have a plan for him to become a world champion. I've said before that we just got to stay calm. Everyone is going, ‘Broner, Porter.’
“There’s a long way to go. I want him to fight Broner and Khan, but I still appreciate that there’s a long way to go. I would put him in with Amir Khan in December, no problem.
“I don’t think [Khan] looks at those younger generation fighting, saying, ‘I want to fight them.’ But he might look at Conor after tonight and say, ‘Give me the money.’
“If so, let’s do it.”
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