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Who won Benn vs Van Heerden?
Conor Benn beat Chris Van Heerden by knockout in the 2nd round on Saturday 16th April 2022 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 147 pounds (10.5 stone or 66.7 KG).
Also, on the undercard Chris Billam-Smith was victorious over Tommy McCarthy, Alycia Baumgardner beat Edith Soledad Matthysse, Jordan Thompson defeated Mariano Angel Gudino and Campbell Hatton was victorious over Ezequiel Gregores.
Benn vs Van Heerden stats
Back in April 2022, Conor Benn stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 20 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Chris Van Heerden made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Benn had a large advantage in power over Van Heerden, boosting at 65% knock out percentage over Van Heerden's 43%.
Conor Benn was the younger man by 9 years, at 26 years old.
Van Heerden had a height advantage of 1 inch over Benn. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Conor Benn fought out of the orthodox stance, while Chris Van Heerden was a southpaw.
Benn was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 9 year and 7 months later than Van Heerden, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 142 less professional rounds, 94 to Van Heerden's 236.
Conor Benn went into the fight ranked number 5 by the WBA, 5 by the WBC, 5 by the WBO and 5 by the IBF at welterweight.
Benn vs Van Heerden form
Benn remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Chris Algieri on 11th December 2021 by knockout in the 4th round at Echo Arena, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Adrian Granados on 4th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Headingley Rugby League Stadium, Yorkshire.
Going into that contest, he had beat Samuel Vargas on 10th April 2021 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Before that, he had won against Sebastian Formella on 21st November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
He had beat Steve Jamoye on 26th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at O2 Arena, London.
Chris Van Heerden had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis on 19th December 2020 by technical decision in their 1 round contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Aslanbek Kozaev on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Banc of California Stadium, California.
Going into that contest, he had won against Mahonri Montes on 23rd March 2019 by technical decision in their 6 round contest at The Hangar, California.
Before that, he had defeated Sacky Shikukutu on 22nd October 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
He had beat Steve Claggett on 16th April 2016 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Nevada, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Conor Benn had been fighting more than Chris Van Heerden.
Going to this contest, Conor Benn had last fought 4 months and 5 days ago, while Chris Van Heerden's last outing had been 1 year, 3 months and 28 days ago.
Benn's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
Van Heerden's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time did Benn vs Van Heerden start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM BST at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Benn vs Van Heerden?
Conor Benn was a 3/50 (-1700) favourite going into the contest, while Chris Van Heerden made his way into the ring at 15/2 (+750) with oddsmakers.