Everything you need to know ahead of Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden

Conor Benn (20-0) is the new face of Matchroom Boxing and he returns this weekend looking to extend his unbeaten record as a professional and make another statement of intent.

One thing is for certain - Conor Benn comes to fight.

Once considered as just Nigel Benn's son, Conor has improved significantly to the version who edged past Cedrick Peynaud in 2017.

Deemed as a fighter who was British level at best, Benn's 2021 elevated him into the top five of three organisations (WBA, IBF and WBO) and by the end of the year, if he keeps winning he'll be in a position to challenge for world honours.

At welterweight, Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas are competing for three of the titles later this month while Terence Crawford is the WBO champion.

Firstly, Benn must overcome Chris van Heerdan, and his South African opponent is confident of delivering a shock win.

"Benn has not walked the road I walked. I didn't have the last name to carry me in my boxing career. I had to do it the hard way," said Van Heerden to Matchroom Boxing.

"Unfortunately, it comes with a price. His dad [Nigel Benn] is a very, very famous fighter, and I feel like the Benn last name put him in a position where he didn't need to work that hard for.

"I'm a much better boxer than Conor Benn," added Van Heerden. "Conor is, in my opinion, 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."

When is Benn vs Van Heerden

Fans can see the return of Conor Benn on April 16.

Where is the fight taking place?

The fight is taking place at the AO Arena in Manchester - a place he has fought at three times before although the last time was in 2017 against Nathan Clarke.

TV channel

UK fans can witness the whole card from 19:00 BST on DAZN while American fans can also watch it on DAZN for 14:00 ET and 11:00 PT.

Australian fans can see it all go down on April 17 at 04:00 AEST via Kayo.

What is on the line?

Conor Benn

Benn defends his WBA Continental title - a belt he has held since 2019 and defended against the likes of Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados and Chris Algieri.

How can I get tickets?

Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden tickets are on sale via StubHub.

Who is on the undercard?

Tommy McCarthy, Eddie Hearn, and Chris Billam-Smith

European cruiserweight titlist Chris Billam-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs) takes on Tommy McCarthy (18-3, 9 KOs) in a rematch from their 2021 war.

Jordan Thompson (12-0, 10 KOs) is also in action and faces Mariano Angel Gudino (14-5, 9 KOs) in the eight-rounder at 200lbs while Alycia Baumgardner (11-1, 7 KOs) returns to action and defends her WBC and IBO super featherweight belts against Edith Soledad Matthysse (17-1-1, 1 KOs).

Baumgardner defeated Terri Harper last year in brutal fashion to win the titles. The American stopped Harper inside four rounds to earn a famous win in Sheffield.

Full card:

Conor Benn vs Chris van Heerden, 12 rounds, welterweight (WBA Continental welterweight title)

Alycia Baumgardner vs Edith Soledad Matthysse, 10 rounds (IBF and IBO super featherweight titles)

Chris Billam-Smith vs Tommy McCarthy, 12 rounds (EBU cruiserweight title)

Campbell Hatton vs Lee Glover, 6 rounds (lightweight)

Jordan Thompson vs Mariano Angel Gudino, 8 rounds (cruiserweight)

Jack Cullen vs Vladimir Belujsky, 8 rounds (super middleweight)

Thomas Whittaker Hart vs Ben Ridings, 8 rounds, (light heavyweight)

Cyrus Pattinson vs Alexey Tukhtarov, 8 rounds (welterweight)

Luke Evans vs Miguel Cesario Antin, 6 rounds (super lightweight)

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