Via Scott Gilfoid: It’s official now with Conor Benn defending his WBA Continental title against Chris van Heerden on April 16 in the main event. live on DAZN at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
Advertiser Eddie Hearn made no jokes about his desire to play Benn against 34-year-old van Heerden despite the heavy criticism he received from fans for their disinterest in the match. this.
Fans want to see Benn take a step up in class compared to David Avanesyan or Kell Brook, who are interested in going up against him.
Brook valuing himself, asking for what’s supposed to be 10 million dollars for the war with Benn. If that number is correct, there can be no battle between Brook-Benn.
Benn is trying to make a statement
Potential contender/undefeated heavyweight contender Benn (20-0, 13 KOs) will be looking to score another goal against a former van Heerden veteran who has been around the area a couple of times. in matches with Errol Spence Jr. and Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.
Those are the only notable names in van Heerden’s record of 16 years as a professional, and he did NOT perform well in either of those games.
In van Heerden’s fight with Ennis, he was uncompetitive at least before the game was halted after the first half because of a cut the South African player suffered.
That match was such a mismatch that it was painful to watch as van Heerden was running from side to side of the ring, taking the burning flame from Boots Ennis while running.
Benn told Matchroom Boxing: “I’m so excited to be in the ring with Chris Van Heerden. “Van Heerden is a tough operator and a southbound who will always give his best in every round.
“For me and my team, it’s now about battling every style we can as we continue towards the World Championship.”
Let me be the first to say that if Benn really seriously wants to fight for a world title soon, he really should be fighting the opposition better than Chris van Heerden.
Recently, Benn has repeatedly mentioned that he is ready to challenge 35-year-old WBA weight champion Yordenis Ugas NOW.
Unfortunately, Ugas is fighting Spence in a reunification war on April 16, and the ability of the Cuban talent to hold his WBA strap is slim and nonexistent. It would be a good idea for Benn to stop sighing when talking about his desire to fight Ugas because he is about to become obsolete.
However, if Benn can beat van Heerden faster than Spence seven years ago by a knockout in the last 16 in 2015, he can brag to the boxing public about the better job.
Of course, Benn will overlook the inconvenient fact that van Heerden was a lot younger when he played Spence at 27 than he is now at 34 and about to be sacked for two and a half years. What fans don’t know won’t hurt them.
Conor is about to win against Algieri
In Benn’s final bout, he knocked out boxing commentator Chris Algieri with a fourth-round knockout last December in Liverpool, England. The 37-year-old Algieri has been a former 140-pound WBO champion since 2014 when he pulled off the feat against then-champion Ruslan Provodnikov.
But soon after Algieri won the WBO belt, his career was immediately extinguished with crushing defeats against Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr. and Amir Khan. Benn was able to stop Algieri a little quicker than Spence did in 2016, giving him the opportunity to brag about his victory.
We are going back to Manchester! 👊
– Boxing in Matchroom (@MatchroomBoxing) March 9, 2022
“This is another stepping stone for me on my journey to the top, I haven’t seen anything in Van Heerden’s previous games that I haven’t been able to deal with, and I’m looking forward to another explosive win.” on April 16th,” Benn said. “If he comes to fight or he wants to box, I can provide that smoke either way.”
The 34-year-old van Heerden’s best victories have come with these boxers:
- Kaiser Mabuza – 2011
- Sebastian Andres Lujan – 2012
- Matthew Hatton – 2013
If you notice, those wins for van Heerden come from a decade ago when he was a lot younger, and his career was passing.
Things haven’t been going well for van Heerden lately, as he’s been inactive and he hasn’t beaten anyone since those three games.
That’s why it seemed a bit odd that Hearn chose van Heerden for Benn to fight because he wasn’t fighting a relevant weight class in this match.
In terms of quality, Van Heerden is arguably a step down from Benn’s last two rivals, Algieri and Adrian Granados, and that’s not the direction you want to see him go in. I mean, if the idea is to have Conor challenge a world title in 2023 or 2024, it makes no sense to let him fight an old lion like van Heerden.
If Benn is meant to improve enough to beat IBF/WBC weight champion Errol Spence Jr. or WBO champion Terence Crawford, he needs to fight these types of fighters:
- David Avanesyan
- Vergil Ortiz Jr
- Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
- Keith Thurman
- Regis Prograis
- Josh Taylor
Benn can’t hope to be ready to go up against the likes of Spence or Crawford for a world title without having to fight any of them.
Hear predictions of a “fatigue” battle
Hearn said: “Conor Benn is quickly becoming one of Boxing’s biggest stars, and he faces the toughest test of his career to date against Chris Van Heerden in Manchester. on April 16.
“I expect a grueling battle for Conor. I expect another compelling statement from Conor Benn live worldwide on DAZN“Hearn said.
If this fight is truly a “battle fatigue” for Benn, as Hearn predicts, then he’ll need to think seriously about rethinking his plans when it comes to letting him challenge for the title. world brand in 2023.
It would be a terrible idea for Benn to fight for a world title if he was struggling to beat a boxer like Van Heerden.
Fans will argue that Van Heerden isn’t the toughest fight to date for 25-year-old Conor Benn. To be fair, the most formidable opponent Benn has fought so far is Cedrick Peynaud, who nearly beat him in his first match in December 2017.
Notable names in Benn’s 6-year résumé are as follows: Chris Algieri, Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados and Sebastian Formella.
Benn – Van Heerden fights under muscle:
- Chris Billam-Smith vs Tommy McCarthy
- Faroukh Kourbanov vs Zelfa Barrett
- Campbell Hatton vs TBA
- Jordan Thompson vs TBA
- Cyrus Pattison vs TBA
- Jack Cullen vs TBA