Onor Benn will face a “serious” test this summer after taking down Chris van Heerden, with Eddie Hearn keen to set up a marquee fight in London.
The unbeaten ‘Destroyer’ needed less than four minutes to emphatically stop former IBO world champion Van Heerden in Manchester on Saturday night, improving his professional record to 21-0 as he put down another marker in one from boxing’s deepest divisions on the same night Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas collide in a 147-pound unification bout in Texas.
Benn’s destruction of the veteran South African left-hander – which followed victories over Chris Algieri, Adrian Granados and Samuel Vargas – appeared to herald the final fight in his development phase, with the WBA continental champion now set for a massive leap forward in classroom. later in 2022.
Benn looks set to return to his native London after battling in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds for the past seven months, although a top domestic showdown with Kell Brook or Amir Khan seems unlikely at this time.
Instead, promoter Hearn has once again named Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner as potential next opponents for the 25-year-old as he tries to get closer to his title dream. global.
“He’s going to go on and become world champion, now we have to step up the opposition,” Matchroom chief Hearn told DAZN.
“He had a great development, Vargas, Granados, Algieri, Van Heerden. Now is the time for the most serious players in the division.
“It won’t be Amir Khan next, he won’t be here until the end of the year. I’m talking about Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, all those guys. David Avanesyan.
“We want a big fight, we want a marquee fight and finally bring it back to London to fill that beautiful O2 as well. It was a brilliant road trip with Conor Benn.
“He’s a superstar and he’s really, really good. We’d take a lot of those top guys now.
“You have to understand the road we are on, we know what we are doing. Progress has been perfect, but it’s time for a serious test this summer.