Not even the thrill of authoring yet another highlight-reel knockout was going to keep Conor Benn from lashing out at his divisional rivals.

Moments after stopping Chris van Heerden in brutal fashion in the second round of a welterweight bout at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Benn, the rising 147-pound contender, addressed the fighters who have been calling him out for some time – presumably Florian Marku and David Avanesyan – and did not bother hiding his disgust.

Benn’s reaction was no doubt in response to recent criticism that he is being spoon-fed over-the-hill veterans and ducking U.K-based welterweights like Marku and Avanesyan.

“These other fighters that are calling me out, the bums – I’m just trying to chase the world titles,” Benn told IFL TV. “I’m not scared of anyone, I don’t fear anyone. I just want to get in there and get a world title. Whoever they put in front of me, honestly.

“It’s just annoying when all these fighters talk rubbish. Do you know what I mean?”

Benn, who has seen his stock rise dramatically in the past year-and-a-half, then quoted Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed 168-pound champion who famously snubbed the provocations of Demetrius Andrade by chanting that Andrade wanted nothing more than a payday.

“‘You want a payday, you want a payday,’ that’s what I feel like saying (to the other fighters),” Benn said. “Because that’s what that all is. They’re getting what they’re getting. I’m getting what I’m getting. Do you know what I mean? You can expect them to call me scared and all that f---ing bollocks.”

In an interview with IFL the day before his fight with van Heerden, Benn made it clear he no longer wanted to hear from Avanesyan and Marku, and suggested that the two fight each other. Avanesyan is backed by Frank Warren, while Marku is aligned with Boxxer.

“We are challenging the big names,” Benn said. “We do want the big names. I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me – the bigger the name, the better. I’m not interested in either of them (Avanesyan and Marku). They can fight each other. How about that? Stop calling me out. You two fight each other.”

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Benn, has expressed an intention to deliver a “big fight” for his client by the end of the summer. He brought up Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Mikey Garcia, and Danny Garcia as potential candidates. Hearn said he would consider Avanesyan as a last resort in the event that he cannot persuade the other fighters to face Benn in the ring.

Benn himself, however, seems to have little appetite for Avanesyan and his ilk.

“Let them keep talking sh!t,” Benn said. “It makes no difference to my life. At the end of the day I’m still gonna get paid and knock them out. So it really don’t make [any] difference. If they want to underestimate me, they can do so.”