Conor Benn will look to make another statement on Saturday night when he defends his WBA Continental Welterweight Championship against a tough opponent Chris van Heerden at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday night (April 16). The South African has previously fought Errol Spence Jr and gave the American star a tough fight whilst being on a five win streak.
Benn remains undefeated in his 20 fights and secured an impressive knockout win over former world champion Chris Algieri last time out in December with an overhand right leaving his opponent down for the count. He currently holds top ten rankings with the WBA, WBO and IBF after notching three wins during a breakout 2021.
Although he may not have received the fight he’d have been hoping for against Kell Brook or Chris Eubank Jr, he’ll be facing a top opponent in the South African van Heerden. Benn has spoken on wanting to fight Brook ever since his victory over Amir Khan in February, whilst his and Eubank’s father, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr, had a highly-publicized rivalry in the 90’s with the two fighting out a draw at Old Trafford in 1993.
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Build-up to the fight will pick up later in the week, with a press conference being held before a weigh-in the following day. Here is how you can watch both of those along with info on this weekend’s championship bout.
When is the public workout and how can I watch?
Fight week begins on Wednesday evening with a public workout at Albert Hall in Manchester where the stars of Saturday’s show will go through their peace in the ring.
You can watch a live stream from 5pm on Matchroom’s YouTube channel.
When is the press conference and how can I watch?
The final Benn vs van Heerden press conference takes place on Thursday afternoon at 1.00pm. Promoter Eddie Hearn and fighters on the card will be speaking to the media.
You can watch a live stream of the press conference on Matchroom’s YouTube channel.
When is the weigh in?
All fighters will hit the scales from 1.00pm on Friday ahead of Saturday night’s action. It will also be shown on Matchroom’s YouTube channel.
When is Brook vs van Heerden and what time will it start?
Brook vs van Heerden takes place at Manchester’s AO Arena on Saturday, April 16. The main card is expected to start at 7:00pm.
DAZN have not yet stated what time their show will air.
How can I watch Brook vs van Heerden?
DAZN have coverage of the fight around the world, including in the UK. A subscription costs £7.99 per month and you can sign up here.
DAZN is available on web browsers at DAZN.com and also has apps available to live stream the action.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
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