enn vs Van Heerden – LIVE!
Conor Benn returns to the ring tonight as he puts his WBA continental welterweight belt on the line against Chris van Heerden at the AO Arena in Manchester.
The formidable ‘Destroyer’ is looking to sustain momentum after dominating Chris Algieri before Christmas as he faces his final test before being handed a major step-up in boxing’s deep 147lbs division.
Fights against the likes of Kell Brook, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Danny or Mikey Garcia could await in future, but first Benn must take care of South Africa’s experienced former IBO world champion Van Heerden, who should present a new challenge as a tricky southpaw.
On Saturday’s intriguing undercard, Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy clash again for the European cruiserweight strap, Alycia Baumgardner defends her WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles and Campbell Hatton continues his professional rise.
Boxing schedule and results
Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden
Chris Billam-Smith vs Tommy McCarthy
Alycia Baumgardner vs Edith Soledad Matthysse
Jack Cullen vs Vladimir Belujsky
Campbell Hatton vs Ezequiel Gregores
Jordan Thompson vs Mariano Angel Gudino
Cyrus Pattinson vs Alexey Tukhtarov
Thomas Whittaker Hart vs Ben Ridings
Luke Evans vs Miguel Cesario Antin
James Metcalf vs Evgenii Vazem
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Benn vs Van Heerden prediction
Benn was back to his destructive best against Chris Algieri, having previously followed up that vicious 80-second blitz of Samuel Vargas with a far more understated points win over Adrian Granados in Leeds in which he was often frustrated but was at least able to get some key rounds under his belt.
Another statement surely beckons here as he prepares for a big step up in future, possibly against the likes of Kell Brook or Adrien Broner.
Former world champion Van Heerden – the first southpaw Benn has faced in his pro career to date – certainly isn’t short on experience or confidence, having dismissed his rival as a pure “power puncher” and an inferior boxing technician who relies too much on anger and emotion inside the ring.
However, he seems unlikely to stop the ascent of a future global superstar.
Benn to win via knockout in round seven.
How to watch Benn vs Van Heerden
TV channel: Benn vs Van Heerden is being broadcast live tonight on sports video streaming service DAZN.
A subscription to DAZN currently costs £7.99 a month in the UK.
Benn vs Van Heerden timings
Tonight’s televised undercard is due to begin at 7pm BST, with ring walks for the main event expected at 10pm.
As ever, these times are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
Welcome to Benn vs Van Heerden LIVE coverage!
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE boxing coverage!
Tonight’s action comes from Manchester, where Conor Benn defends his WBA continental welterweight title against former IBO world champion Chris van Heerden at the AO Arena.
Can ‘The Destroyer’ ace his final test before being matched up against some of the best fighters that one of boxing’s most talented visions has to offer?
Stay tuned for build-up, thoughts from both camps, results and live updates from across tonight’s entire card, which features some intriguing support bouts that you won’t want to miss.