The Destroyer last fought back in December, wiping out American Chris Algieri in just four rounds.
Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden live stream: How to watch fight online and on TV tonight
Benn continues to make his father and legendary boxer Nigel Benn proud by following in his footsteps.
However, the next challenge for Conor is Van Heerden, who is most known for fights with Errol Spence Jr and Jaron Ennis.
Conor Benn fights Chris van Heerden in Manchester tonight as he plots his route to welterweight stardom. 16 April 2022
Saturday’s bout is set to be his last test before Eddie Hearn plans to accelerate his development against the best that one of boxing’s most stacked classes has to offer, with Kell Brook now firmly in ‘The Destroyer’s’ sights.
Benn - son of former two-division world champion Nigel Benn - continued his march towards a world title in Liverpool in December, when he followed up contrasting wins over Samuel Vargas and Adrian Granados with a dominant knockout of veteran Chris Algieri.
The undefeated 25-year-old - now 20-0 as a professional with 13 KOs to his name - will also be confident of making another statement against Van Heerden on the same night as Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas clash in a huge welterweight unification contest in Texas.
An experienced southpaw from South Africa, Van Heerden turns 35 in June and has not fought since December 2020, when his IBO title meeting with the fearsome rising star Jaron Ennis was called off in the first round and ruled a no contest after he sustained a nasty cut from an accidental clash of heads, having been put under huge pressure from the opening bell.
The Heat’ had previously reeled off five successive wins since suffering the only stoppage of his career in an emphatic defeat by then-rising star Spence in Toronto in September 2015.
Van Heerden’s only other pro defeat came at the hands of Nikola Stevanovic in 2010, while he reigned as IBO welterweight world champion from 2011-13, defending against the likes of Matthew Hatton.
Saturday’s undercard features an eagerly-anticipated rematch between Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy for the European cruiserweight title, while Alycia Baumgardner makes the first defence of her WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles won from Terri Harper
Conor Benn faces Chris van Heerden in Manchester tonight as he continues his climb up the welterweight ladder.
‘The Destroyer’ last fought in Liverpool in December, when he once again showcased his formidable power with a brilliant stoppage of veteran American Chris Algieri.
The next step on what Benn hopes is a journey to global superstardom and world title challenges is a clash with former IBO champion Van Heerden.
The experienced South African - the first southpaw Benn has faced at the pro level - has not stepped into the ring since December 2020, when a nasty cut forced a very premature end to his bout against another superstar-in-waiting in Jaron Ennis.
Also on Saturday’s bill is the European cruiserweight title rematch between Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy, while Alycia Baumgardner defends her WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles for the first time against Edith Soledad Matthysse.
There’s also the latest instalment of Campbell Hatton’s budding professional career as he battles Argentine replacement opponent Ezequiel Gregores.
Benn fought three times in 2021. In each contest, he took a step up in opposition, defeating Samuel Vargas and Adrien Granados, respectively. The 25-year-old rising star closed out the 2021 campaign in December with a fourth-round knockout over former world champion Chris Algieri.
Van Heerden's last fight came against Jaron Ennis in December 2020, as it went to a no-decision because van Heerden suffered a gruesome cut from an accidental head clash in the first round, which caused the fight to be stopped.
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Conor Benn admits he "fears losing" as he prepares to begin his 2022 campaign in Manchester on Saturday night.
The welterweight, who defends his unblemished record against South African Chris van Heerden, plans to challenge for a world title this year.