Now retired Amir Khan is encouraging Conor Benn to be Britain’s next pay-per-view star.
Last week, the 35-year-old player announced his retirement from the sport after 17 years of professional career.
Once a 140lbs world champion, and no stranger to being a pay-per-view himself, Khan is backing the Matchroom star as a box office attraction.
“I think Conor Benn can definitely do it. I think it’s Eddie [Hearn] holding him back too much,” Khan said in a media call yesterday.
“He needs to go and prove himself like I did against Maidana. I fought Maidana when no one expected me to win. He needs to do the same thing. He needed to fight Vergil Ortiz or defeat someone. I think he could be a huge pay-per-view star
“You’ve got Anthony Joshua, who I think is a great pay-per-view star. Fury, who is in my opinion one of the best boxers from England, a pay-per-view star. I think the Azim brothers are amazing talents. They are beasts. They will go far. ”