Onor Benn fights Chris van Heerden in Manchester tonight as he works his way to welterweight stardom.
Saturday’s fight should be his last test before Eddie Hearn plans to accelerate his development against the best that one of boxing’s most stacked classes has to offer, with Kell Brook now firmly in the crosshairs of ” The Destroyer”.
Benn – son of former two-division world champion Nigel Benn – continued his march to a world title at Liverpool in December, when he followed up contrasting victories over Samuel Vargas and Adrian Granados with a dominating knockout of veteran Chris Algieri.
The undefeated 25-year-old – now 20-0 as a professional with 13 knockouts to his name – will also be confident of making another statement against Van Heerden on the same night that Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas clash in a huge welterweight unification. contest in Texas.
An experienced left-hander from South Africa, Van Heerden will turn 35 in June and has not fought since December 2020, when his IBO title encounter with fearsome rising star Jaron Ennis was canceled in the first round and ruled on a no contest after suffering a nasty cut from an accidental clash of heads, having been put under tremendous pressure from the opening bell.
‘The Heat’ had already won five in a row since suffering the only stoppage of their career in an emphatic loss to rising star Spence in Toronto in September 2015.
Van Heerden’s only other professional loss came at the hands of Nikola Stevanovic in 2010, when he reigned as IBO world welterweight champion from 2011 to 2013, defending against Matthew Hatton.
Saturday’s undercard features a highly anticipated rematch between Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy for the European heavyweight title, while Alycia Baumgardner makes the first defense of her WBC and IBO super featherweight titles won by Terri Harper against Edith Soledad Matthysse from Argentina.
Campbell Hatton – son of the great British boxer Ricky Hatton – is also participating in his seventh professional fight against another Argentinian in Ezequiel Gregores.
Benn vs Van Heerden date, start time, location and ring walks
Benn vs Van Heerden takes place tonight on Saturday 16th April 2022 at the AO Arena, Manchester.
The undercard is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. BST, with walks to the ring for the main event scheduled for 10:00 p.m.
As always, these times are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
Benn vs. Van Heerden fight card / undercard in full
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. Alexei Tukhtarov
Thomas Whittaker Hart vs. Ben Ridings
Luke Evans vs. Miguel Cesario Antin
James Metcalf vs Evgenii Vazem
How to watch Benn vs. Van Heerden
TV channel: Benn vs Van Heerden airs live tonight on sports video streaming service DAZN. A subscription to DAZN currently costs £7.99 per month in the UK.
The service can be viewed on smart TVs in addition to other devices such as computers, mobiles, game consoles and tablets.
Direct: You can also follow all the action as it happens with Standard Sport’s live fight night blog, which will cover the entire card.
Benn vs Van Heerden fight prediction
Benn was back to his destructive best against Algieri, having followed that vicious 80-second blitz from Vargas with a much more low-key points win over Granados at Leeds in which he was often frustrated but was at least able to get some key turns under his belt.
Another statement surely awaits him here as he prepares for a big step up in the future, possibly against Brook or Adrien Broner.
Former world champion Van Heerden – the first southpaw Benn has faced in his professional career to date – is certainly not short of 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, it seems unlikely to stop the rise of a future global superstar.
Benn will win by knockout in the seventh round.
Weigh-in between Benn and Van Heerden
Friday’s weigh-in took place at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester.
Benn tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds, with Van Heerden slightly lighter at 145.8 pounds. The welterweight limit is 147 pounds.
Benn vs. Van Heerden Odds
Benn to win: 1/20
Victory for Van Heerden: 17/2
Benn win via decision/technical decision: 10/23
Benn wins via KO, TKO or DQ: 4/9
Van Heerden winner by decision/technical decision: 22/1
Van Heerden win via KO, TKO or DQ: 12/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).