Shawn Porter has warned Conor Benn can’t “blow up” the world’s best welterweights after the American star was put on the list.
The two-time world champion has been named a potential opponent following Benn’s meteoric victory over Samuel Vargas last weekend.
But Porter believes Benn isn’t quite ready to take another step forward in class against the elite 147-pound fighters just yet.
Talk to Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast, Porter said, “When you get in the ring and make your way through guys, in a round or two, that’s awesome.
“It sounds phenomenal, but you really don’t know. You can use that and say, ‘I’m just gonna blow through these guys,’ but nobody blows through Shawn Porter, nobody blows through Kell Brook, no one blows through Errol Spence Jr.
“When that doesn’t happen, you need to know that you have other tools in your toolbox, and you can use them to weather the storm we’re about to bring you.
“That’s what I say when Nigel Benn says, ‘my son is ready for Shawn Porter, my son is ready for the world championship. Has he been through things in the ring before, if he hasn’t grown up enough in boxing yet sounds like a professional?
“He certainly didn’t do it as an amateur, like Vergil Ortiz, Jaron Ennis. These guys have been on the amateur program, they know everything. It’s only a matter of time before it comes to the big moment. . “
Porter, who scores victories over big American rivals such as Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia, insists there is currently no incentive for him to fight Benn.
“There really isn’t [a reason.] I don’t think there is much for me to gain, ”Porter said.
“Right here in this particular situation, something that not many people understand, especially the fighters, they don’t really understand the trade of boxing.
“The boxing industry says that eight years at the world contention championship level doesn’t fit in the ring with five years of professional boxing.
“There’s no comparison in that. If the phone rang. I don’t expect that to happen, but if it did, we would look into that a bit.”
But Porter admits he’s been impressed by the undefeated 24-year-old’s rise to power.
Porter said: “From former world champions their sons turned pro and kind of followed in their footsteps, I haven’t seen one do better than he does now.
“I don’t know if there has been one in history to do it. Obviously when you watch Laila (Ali) follow in her father’s footsteps, she did a phenomenal job, but I didn’t saw a lot of men doing it.
“He looks great. He walks in there and he erases Vargas, in less than two minutes. When you do something like that, you’re full of energy, you’re full of adrenaline and you feel very good at anything you can do in the boxing game.
“He’s 18-0 right now. What I’m saying is take your time.”