Exclusive: I need a KO to beat 'golden boy' Conor Benn, says Adrian Granados

"He says don’t believe the hype but there’s a lot behind him, they’re pushing for him and I know they have future plans for him. Benn himself is already thinking past me."

Adrian Granados believes the experience will play a huge factor in his clash against Conor Benn on Saturday night.

The pair collide on the undercard of Josh Warrington's rematch with Mauricio Lara at Headingley Stadium - a fight rescheduled following Benn testing Covid-19 on fight week in July.

Granados is a huge underdog going into the contest but has fought a high calibre of fighters, including Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia.

The 32-year-old is taking on one of Britain's rising prospects in Benn. 'The Destroyer' is hot property since blasting out Samuel Vargas inside 82 seconds earlier this year.

The likes of Amir Khan and Shawn Porter have been some of the names mentioned to face Benn next. However, Granados is ready to spoil the party and silence 20,000 fans at Headingley Stadium.

"He looked good against Formella and Samuel Vargas - those are great fighters themselves but he's not been in the level I have been in with. Yeah, I haven't got a big name win in a while but there's been a lot of factors that have played into that," Granados exclusively told Planet Sport.

"I thought I did enough to beat Adrien Broner and the Robert Easter fight was one-sided on the cards even though my output and connect percentage were way better. It's just a frustrating career that I've had so far. I'm looking to turn a new page and God willing I will become a world champion before I retire.

"I think I've got to stop him, dominate him. Fighting in England he's one of the golden boys. He says don't believe the hype but there's a lot behind him, they're pushing for him and I know they have future plans for him. Benn himself is already thinking past me."

"Tigre" was offered the chance to fight on the undercard of Fight Camp's opening show this summer after Benn tested positive for Covid-19 but refused the offer.

While it could have been a good chance for Granados to showcase his skills, he revealed he didn't want anything hampering a future 'classic'.

"Initially, I was very upset, very frustrated when the fight got cancelled on fight week. I blew my top in the workout room and I'm like cursing in Spanish and had a go at a girl - I think I scared her.

"But yeah then I immediately calmed myself down - there's a reason for this. I'm glad Conor Benn was able to recover he's in great shape and I think we have a classic in the making.

"I trained for Conor Benn. He [Eddie Hearn] mentioned to me that I could have got a six-round or eight-rounder to stay busy.

"But we already had the unfortunate accident of Conor testing positive so God forbid what if I would have got a cut or get hurt or even something just jeopardises this fight.

"This fight has had a lot of build-up in recent weeks so I wanted to capitalise on it and it's a great fight," he added.

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