Benn vs Van Heerden: UK ring walk time, TV details, undercard, odds

Conor Benn continues his journey towards the welterweight elite as he returns to the ring against experienced southpaw Chris van Heerden next weekend: Everything to know ahead of the fight

  • Conor Benn takes on southpaw Chris van Heerden in Manchester next week 
  • The 25-year-old emerged as a legitimate welterweight contender last year 
  • There were hopes he would square off against Kell Brook in a British dust-up 
  • Instead he faces another learning fight against experienced opposition 
  • Sign up here to watch Sunday’s fight exclusively on DAZN 

Conor Benn returns to the ring later this month against experienced campaigner Chris van Heerden as the Brit continues his journey towards a world title shot. 

The 25-year-old claimed emphatic victories over Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados and Chris Algieri last year to emerge as a legitimate contender in the welterweight division. 

He was ringside as Kell Brook dismantled Amir Khan in their long-awaited grudge match in Feburary, with hopes ‘The Destroyer’ would take on the former in an all-British dust-up next. 

Benn has insisted that Brook priced himself out of the proposed match-up, demanding a whopping £10million, before his bout against southpaw Van Heerden was officially confirmed.   

Van Heerden has just one round of action in the bank since 2019, with his 2020 bout against welterweight prospect Jaron Ennis quickly ruled a no contest following an accidental clash of heads. 

The South African, who has shared the ring with Errol Spence Jr, also picking up a win against Matthew Hatton back in 2013, will look to prize away Benn’s WBA Continental title.  

With the spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.   

Conor Benn returns to the ring on April 16 against experienced campaigner Chris Van Heerden

Benn insists southpaw Van Heerden will present problems he’s not previously encountered

The clash between Benn and Van Heerden is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 16 at the Manchester Arena.   

The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 10pm for those in the UK, though that will of course depend on results beforehand.  

There is also plenty of action on the undercard, with Chris Billam-Smith taking on Tommy McCarthy once more, having edged to a split decision victory when they first squared off in July last year. 

Campbell Hatton will also be back out as he looks to make it 7-0 as a professional. 

How to watch the fight 

The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on DAZN. 

It will be available to stream in over 200 countries across the globe, with Australia and New Zealand the notable exceptions.  

Customers will be able to stream the fight via the app on their television, console, mobile, tablet or computer device.   

Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us. 

Benn vs Van Heerden: The key stats

Conor Benn 

Age: 25

Height: 5ft 8in

Stance: Orthodox

Record: 20-0-0

Knockouts: 13

Rounds: 82

Debut: 2016

Chris Van Heerden 

Age: 34

Height: 5ft 9in

Stance: Southpaw

Record: 28-2-1

Knockouts: 12

Rounds: 234

Debut: 2006

Benn stopped Chris Algieri in ruthless fashion to cap off a scintillating 2021 in December

Van Heerden has shared the ring with some notable names, including Errol Spence Jr

Fight card in full

  • Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden 
  • Chris Billam-Smith vs Tommy McCarthy 
  • Campbell Hatton vs Lee Glover 
  • Jordan Thompson vs Mariano Angel Gudino 
  • Jack Cullen vs TBA
  • Thomas Whittaker-Hart vs Ben Ridings 
  • Cyrus Pattinson vs Danny Mendoza
  • Luke Evans vs Miguel Cesario Antin  

What’s been said?

Benn, who now stands on the periphery of world level, insists taking on opponents of Van Heerden’s style and calibre will help prepare him for when he does eventually take part in a world title clash. 

‘I’m excited to step into the ring with Chris Van Heerden,’ said Benn, upon the announcement of the fight. ‘Van Heerden is a tough operator and a southpaw who will be in there giving it his all in every round. 

‘For me and my team it’s now about fighting every style that we can face as we continue to head towards World Championship status and Van Heerden brings something different to the table than I’ve not faced before.

‘With that being said this is another stepping stone for me on my journey to the top, I haven’t seen anything in Van Heerden’s previous fights that I can’t deal with, and I expect another explosive victory on April 16. 

‘If he comes to fight or he wants to box, I can deliver that smoke either way!’

Benn insists opponents of Van Heerden’s style and calibre will benefit him later in his career

Van Heerden, on the other hand, believes he now finally has the opportunity to change his life in the blink of an eye.  

‘Sometimes it takes 10 years for that one year to come around that completely changes your life,’ he said.

‘This is my year. I want to thank Conor Benn for taking the fight, knowing that I’m coming to beat him in his backyard.

‘I also want to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for taking this risk and my manager Peter Kahn for getting this fight done. I am looking forward to putting on a show in Manchester on DAZN.’

Benn vs Van Heerden: The odds

Proving one of the most improved fighters globally throughout a stellar 2021, it comes as no surprise that Benn is the overwhelming favourite to extend his record to 21 wins from as many outings.

The Brit, for the second fight running, comes up against a largely inactive opponent, with Van Heerden’s last victory coming back in 2019. 

Benn is the 1/10 favourite to get the victory, with an away win at 5/1 and an unlikely draw down at 25/1.   

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.

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