Conor Benn produced a brutal display to stop Samuel Vargas inside the first round and then called for a clash with Amir Khan.

The 24-year-old, who beat Sebastian Formella on points last time out, took his professional record to 18 wins from as many fights as he left Vargas doubled up on the ropes following a barrage of lightning quick blows.

Vargas was by far the most experienced man Benn had faced, but the Essex fighter produced a confident display at the Copper Box Arena in London to lay down a marker before demanding a showdown with Bolton’s Khan.

Spaniard Vargas, who had faced some of the biggest names in the welterweight division including Khan, had no answer as he barely laid a glove on Benn before the referee stepped in to end the contest after only one minute and 22 seconds.

“Statement made. No-one has banged him out in one round – easy, easy,” Benn said ringside on Sky Sports.

“Give me a proper test. Give me Amir Khan. I know he is too busy on reality shows and all that. If he wants it, he can get it.

“I don’t think I gained any experience in there tonight, apart from I can deal with the pressure. I can cope with it because I am built for it, all this hype, I can live with it, it is not a problem.

“I am ready for the top dogs – Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner. I want them, I want to test myself.

“I am the most rapidly improved fighter globally, forget the United Kingdom."

Benn added: “Name me any legend’s son who is improving drastically like I am?

“I am putting the Benn name back where it belongs and that is on top, and I will continue to prove I am top dog.

“I am the best welterweight in the country and no-one entertains like me.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn also has a showdown with Khan in his sights.

“The next fight has to be a top 15 in the world,” Hearn said ringside. “Benn vs Khan, a young guy against a guy with a fantastic legacy.

“I want Benn back out as soon as possible. I’d like to see him win the European title. How can you not get excited?”