onor Benn defends his 20-fight unbeaten record against veteran Chris van Heerden in Manchester on Saturday in a meeting with a gatekeeper of the welterweight division who has questioned his boxing skills.
Van Heerden has not stepped inside the ring since 2020 and is desperate to assert his credentials and end Benn’s seemingly unstoppable ascent to a title challenge.
The South African has only lost two of his 31 professional fights, with his sole stoppage defeat coming against Errol Spence Jr in 2015.
Benn vs. Van Heerden live updates and highlights
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6:40pm: Not many children grow up with fathers who are famous for fighting. Conor Benn experienced that upbringing because of his legendary dad, Nigel, who was a world champion between 1990 and 1996 – and Benn junior is now looked up to by Eli, his baby son with wife Victoria.
“It’s a blessing,” he said, reflecting on Nigel Benn’s retirement when he was born in September 1996. “Having my son there does make me think that I fight for a lot more than myself, in a way.
“I just want to show my son that discipline, hard work and applying yourself can be a way of life – irrespective of the background you come from. My son is going to be raised well: he’s going to have the luxuries that I had, he’s going to be ‘silver-spooned’. But if you come from any walk of life – whatever it is – as long as you apply yourself, you’re going to be successful at it. I like the idea of my son knowing that I work hard for the life he lives.”
6:20pm: Conor Benn has fought three times since Chris van Heerden last entered the ring – a bout that ended in a no-decision against Jaron Ennis in December 2020 – and the 34-year-old has seen enough of the Brit to feel considerable confidence.
“I’m a much better boxer than Conor Benn,” Van Heerden said in the build-up, offering an observation that Benn is predictably withering towards. “In my opinion, Conor is an emotional, angry fighter.
“He relies on his power. He cannot box with me. He’s not a boxer. He’s a power puncher and I don’t rate him as a boxer. That’s why I’m saying he’s a very emotional, angry type of fighter, in my opinion.”
6:00pm: Welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Conor Benn vs. Chris van Heerden. We’ll bring you results from throughout the main card – which begins in one hour – before live round-by-round coverage and post-fight analysis from the main event.
How to watch Benn vs. Van Heerden
- TV channels/live stream: DAZN
The prelims and the main card for Conor Benn vs. Chris van Heerden will be available through the DAZN app.
Benn vs. Van Heerden full fight card
- Conor Benn vs. Chris van Heerden for the WBA continental welterweight title
- Chris Billam-Smith (14-1) vs. Tommy McCarthy (18-3)
- Campbell Hatton (6-0) vs Lee Glover (17-11)
- Jordan Thompson (12-0) vs Mariano Angel Gudino (14-5)
- Jack Cullen (19-3) vs Vladimir Belujsky (14-5)
- Thomas Whittaker-Hart (6-0) vs Ben Ridings (6-7)
- Cyrus Pattinson (3-0) vs Alexey Tukhtarov (5-1)
- Luke Evans (11-0) vs Miguel Cesario Antin (19-10)
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Conor Benn record and bio
- Nationality: English
- Born: September 28th, 1996
- Height: 5′ 8”
- Reach: 68 inches
- Total fights: 20
- Record: 20-0-0 with 13 wins via knockout
Chris van Heerden record and bio
- Nationality: South African
- Born: June 19th, 1987
- Height: 5′ 9”
- Reach: 72 inches
- Total fights: 31
- Record: 28-2-1 with 12 wins via knockout