Florian Marku: “I’m not like Conor Benn, who chooses people who have lost six, seven, eight times.” The Albanian faces Rylan Charlton on Saturday night, with his British rival watching from the ring on Sky Sports
By Richard Damerell
Last updated: 19/02/21 18:17 pm
Conor Benn has been called a “coward” by Florian Marku, who accused his British rival of bolstering his undefeated reputation with weaker opponents.
‘The Albanian King’ returns to fight against Rylan Charlton on Saturday night on David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly bill, live on Sky Sports, with Benn watching from the ring as part of the Sky Sports team.
Before even stepping between the ropes, Marku fueled his heated feud with Benn, giving a scathing assessment of the 24-year-old welterweight’s perfect professional record.
“I’m not like Conor Benn, who picks people who have lost six, seven, eight times,” Marku said. Sky Sports.
“No, my opponents are undefeated. They don’t give up easily.”
Benn claimed the best career victory in his last fight against Sebastian Formella, who was only beaten by Shawn Porter, a former world champion.
But Marku was not impressed and posted a scathing response when told to describe Benn in one word.
“Coward,” he said Sky Sports.
Marku suffered the first flaw in his record in December, after being held to a hotly contested draw by Jamie Stewart, though he was always vowed to dominate the division.
“In my mind, I’m the best. I don’t feel like anyone is better than me,” he said.
“I don’t care what people say. People can say whatever they want.
“For me, I’m very confident, and if you’re not confident in the game like boxing, you’re in the wrong sport. I’m going, I don’t think the other guy can beat me. don’t think one percent like that. “
Charlton displayed his threat in his last fight, a crushing knockout of undefeated hopeful Joe Laws, but Marku urged his opponent to stand up and trade.
“About Rylan Charlton, I think he’s strong. No stronger than me, ever,” said Marku.
“He’s too slow for me, for my style. Not technical. It only has hooks and uppercuts.
“You can’t show your technique with someone running. If you see, all of my opponents were running in the ring with me. No one stayed close to fight. I hope Rylan stays there and I can show. my boxing skills. “
Kelly is Benn’s # 1 target?
Benn had previously suggested Kelly was ‘the only fight I’m interested in’ but wondered if the former Team GB fighter could withstand Avanesyan’s aggression in their European title fight.
“It’s gonna be tough for Kelly,” Benn said. Sky Sports.
“But if he lives up to the hype and praise everyone is giving him, he will do it brilliantly and really show what he’s made of. He will live up to it.
“But Avanesyan is an animal.
“Mid to late rounds, Avanesyan stopping or Kelly will overtake him. It depends on how Kelly moves through the night.”
Watch David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly on Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. on Sky Sports.