Haney welcomes Benn fight

Bill Haney greeted Conor Benn at the post-fight press conference with Benn having scored his second consecutive decision in the United States by outpointing Pete Dobson via a 12-round unanimous decision. 

The 27-year-old welterweight contender looked far from ‘The Destroyer’ the public had grown accustomed to watching during his rise. Benn blamed Dobson, but Bill Haney was on hand to extend an invitation to the Englishman. 

"I wanted to come over here and tell you congratulations, and maybe we could do something,” said Bill Haney to Benn. 

Bill Haney is the trainer, manager and father to the WBC junior-welterweight champion, Devin Haney. Devin has struggled to secure an opponent after a star-making performance defeating Regis Prograis in San Francisco at the end of 2023, and both sides have an interest in making the fight happen.

“Just so you know, I am keen for that fight,” replied Benn. “I am ready to go.”

Benn holds a record of 23-0 (14 KOs) and has never fought for a world title. The 25-year-old Devin Haney is 31-0 (15 KOs). Haney was the undisputed lightweight world champion and is the current WBC junior-welterweight champion. If a fight were to happen, one might assume it would happen at welterweight as Benn fought Dobson at a catchweight of 150lbs while Haney has hinted at a possible move to welterweight to make ‘big fights.’ 

Bill Haney also paid tribute to Benn’s legacy, with Conor the son of famed British fighter middleweight and super-middleweight Nigel Benn.

“Respect to you and your family,” said Haney. “You guys are legends in the sport, and of course it would be an honor and a pleasure if that time presents itself.”