Will Benn Remain Undefeated?
Conor Benn is looking to continue his ascent in the welterweight division as he defends the WBA Continental Championship against Chris van Heerden in Manchester, England, on Saturday. Benn is a perfect 20-0, 13 knockouts while van Heerden is 28-2-1 with 12 knockouts. . This fight is scheduled to be at 147 pounds and 12 rounds.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and boxing odds for Benn vs Chris van Heerden. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Benn Looking to Dominate
Benn should be able to control the fight. At 25 years old, he knows how to take a hit and fighting in his home country, as he is from Greenwich,could be a great thing. He is coming off a knockout win over Chris Algeri in December 2021 in the fourth round. His 65 knockout percentage is solid and should be a cause for concern for van Heerden. Benn has a lot of power packed inside of his strikes. He has been the WBA Continental Champion since 2018 and has a great chance of defending it as long as he wants.
Chris Van Heerden Wants to Pick Up a Big Win
Van Heerden is a 34-year-old welterweight and is looking to live up to his nickname: The Heat. He has not been defeated in his last six fights. He last fought in December 2020 and had a no- contest against Jaron Ennis for the vacant IBO Welterweight Championship after the fight was stopped due to an accidental head clash that caused a cut to van Heerden. This could be a massive step in the right direction for him if he could win here.
Benn vs Van Heerden Head-to-Head
Benn and van Heerden have not faced each other. This should be an interesting matchup.
Benn vs Van Heerden Game Information
- Game: Benn (20-0) vs Van Heerden (28-8-2)
- Location: AO Arena
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 16th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Benn vs Van Heerden Live stream: Box Live
Benn vs Van Heerden Betting Lines
Conor Benn vs van Heerden Prediction
Benn is the heavy favorite according to the sportsbooks and the boxing betting lines allow us to bet online. Benn is an undefeated boxer and should be able to easily control this fight against a talented fighter like van Heerden. This is going to be an entertaining fight for a few rounds but Benn is the better boxer at this point. Van Heerden has a four-inch reach advantage and the one inch height advantage.
Benn is almost a full decade younger than van Heerden and should be able to avoid big hits here, despite the fact van Heerden does not possess much power behind his strikes. Fighting in Benn’s home country of England, this should be a bit of a homecoming and that will be a huge factor here. All in all, go with Conor Benn to win this fight via knockout and retain the WBA Continental Welterweight Championship.