Charles Conwell would jump at the chance to take over the scalp from Danny Garcia if it opened the door to a world title in 2023.
‘Bad News’ takes on veteran Juan Carlos Abreu in a semifinal eliminator for the WBC super welterweight world title on Saturday night in California.
Undefeated Conwell, ranked No. 5 by the Sanctions Board, knows he could be just two wins away from landing a shot at the belt currently held by undisputed champion Jermell Charlo.
Sitting above the American in the ratings are fighters such as Sebastien Fundora, Liam Smith and former two-weight world champion Garcia.
And 2016 Olympic gold medalist Conwell says he’d be happy to take on any of those names in a finals eliminator – Garcia in particular – to keep him on the road to ‘superstar’.
“These are the types of fights I want,” Conwell told Probellum.com.
“I want these ex-world champions, people with experience who have been there before, who made it. And I know Danny Garcia is a great champion, he’s done his thing in two different weight classes, at 140 and 147, and now he’s taking his skills to 154.
“But I feel like it’s a new time and a new era. A lot of young fighters are emerging out there, around my age group. It’s the right time for me to be the next super welterweight superstar and if Danny Garcia is the name I need on my record then I will go there and have him.
But Conwell, 25, insists his focus is on Abreu, who he meets at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson this weekend, on the undercard of the world title fight between Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis.
The 17-0 stylist has been dubbed boxing’s “best kept secret” but Conwell is urging the sport’s “opportunity” fans to make sure they tune in to see him deliver a statement win over the world number one Abreu delivers.
“I’ll leave the ring on Saturday night with a new record of 18-0 with 14 knockouts,” Conwell stated.
“You just need to know that I’m going to file the lawsuit. I want to end this fight in style. No boxing, no dancing around, I want to go out there and dominate every round. No matter how long it takes.
“I have the speed, skill, strength, skill and everything else I need to win and get the knockout. It’s just a matter of when.
“I want to put on the best performance of my career so far and really go out and make a statement. I can’t let this be combat close; I have to dominate every round and make sure my name gets mentioned as one of the best when people talk about super welterweight.