Team Sengoku sent the official word on Monday that Conor Benn will take on Chris van Heerden in a welterweight bout at Krakow’s Impact Arena.
Benn was rewarded for his strong start to the competition in the second round.
In a thrilling performance at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, Conor Benn stopped Chris van Heerden in two rounds.
Benn, who is undefeated in 21 bouts, went for the knockout right away in the opening round, charging forward at every chance.
Van Heerden made it through the first round, but was knocked out in the second by a brutal combination.
Benn is on course to contend for a world championship this year after his triumph.
“I’ll cope with anyone they throw in front of me. I’m unconcerned. I don’t simply speak; I back it up with facts “After the fight, Benn told Radio 5 Live.
He said, “I knew I was going to knock him out, it was only a matter of time.” “Easy money,” says the narrator.
What does the future hold for ‘The Destroyer’?
After the victory, Benn requested former world champion Amir Khan to join him in the ring, but Khan dismissed the notion of a rematch.
After losing his grudge battle against Kell Brook earlier this year, Khan declared his primary objective was to spend time with his family, despite being booed by the Manchester crowd.
Brook is another possibility for Benn, however prior negotiations fell through because to ‘Special K’s purse demands. Eddie Hearn, the Matchroom president, threw cold water on a bout with Khan, but said it was time for Benn to move up.
“Right now, Benn is the most exciting boxer in the nation. This summer, it’s time to take the next step “Hearn said.
“He is a young guy with a bright future ahead of him.” He’s destroying men, and it’s time for him to take the next step. Kell Brook, for example. This is to determine who the greatest welterweight in the United Kingdom is. Conor Benn, I believe, is him.
“There’s him, there’s Danny Garcia, there’s Mikey Garcia, there’s Adrien Broner – there’s all these fantastic welterweights, and Conor Benn has to take that step.”
“It’s time to remove the L plates and enter the elite level,” he continued.
Is Benn ready for a crack at the world title?
Benn aspires to win the world title this year.
At this time, it’s unclear where this rumored world championship shot will come from.
Since breaking from his previous promoter Top Rank, WBO champion Terence Crawford has offered no indication of his intentions, while a unification bout between WBA (Super) champion Yordenis Ugas and WBC and IBF title holder Errol Spence Jr is set to take place in America.
“We’ll take it if they give me the world championship next,” Benn stated of his intention to compete for a global title.
Benn will have to wait till the fates of the current champions are apparent, but the Briton’s 21st consecutive victory raises numerous doubts about his ability to compete at the highest level.
After significant victories over Chris Algieri and Adrian Granados, Van Heerden was a step down for Benn, and the South African – who hadn’t fought since 2020 – was no match for the smart, in-form Benn.
The transition from contender to world champion is considerable, and Benn has yet to face a credible challenger. Benn still has a rawness about him that makes for thrilling bouts, but it makes you wonder how he’d fair against a great operator.
Benn was sometimes caught rushing in when he abandoned his jab in quest of a huge shot, but Van Heerden demanded little subtlety from him.
There has been discussion of European champion David Avanesyan, as well as American talents Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner, and Benn will undoubtedly need a fight of that magnitude to prepare for what will be a massive task to dethrone the likes of Spence Jr or Crawford.