Conor Benn goals to proceed his regular development from prospect to contender.
The second-generation boxer takes his subsequent step up at school, as he faces Canada’s Samuel Vargas in a scheduled 10-round regional welterweight title struggle. Benn and Vargas each made weight for his or her principal occasion, which takes place Saturday night stay on Sky Sports activities within the U.Ok. and DAZN within the U.S. from Copper Field Enviornment in Hackney Wick, London, England.
Benn (17-0, 11KOs) weighed a ripped 146 ¾ kilos, whereas Vargas tipped the size at a fight-ready 146.4 kilos.
Ilford’s Benn continues to stay as much as the lofty expectations that include being the son of Nigel Benn, a wildly widespread former two-division champion who was an integral a part of the Nineties British boxing scene. The 24-year-old proved his price in a lopsided factors win over former IBO welterweight titlist Sebastian Formella final November.
Vargas (31-6-2, 14KOs) was final seen in a 7th spherical stoppage loss to rising welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. (17-0, 17KOs) final July in Indio, California. The 31-year-old from Toronto by means of Bogota, Colombia can be identified for his valiant in defeat efforts versus former titlists Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Luis Collazo, having floored Khan of their Sept. 2018 bout.
The present additionally contains two main title fights.
Savannah Marshall (9-0, 7KOs) makes an attempt the primary protection of her WBO middleweight crown as she faces Sweden’s Maria Lindberg (19-6-2, 10KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.
Marshall weighed 159.4 kilos for her first struggle since successful the belt in a 7th spherical stoppage of Hannah Rankin final October. Lindberg—a late substitute for Femke Hermans (COVID)—weighed 154.9 kilos for the bout, her first since Dec. 2019.
The well-credentialed Marshall represented Nice Britain within the 2012 London and 2012 Rio Olympics. The 29-year-old Brit stays finest referred to as the one boxer—professional or novice—to hold a loss on Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, three-division world champion and reigning pound-for-pound queen.
Shannon Courtenay and Ebanie Bridges used the build-up to their vacant WBA bantamweight title struggle right into a well-publicized grudge match.
Courtenay (6-1, 3KOs) weighed 117.8 kilos for the bout, whereas Australia’s Bridges (5-0, 2KOs) weighed 117 kilos. Each enter their first profession title struggle, Bridges accepting the chance as a substitute for Rachel Ball who examined constructive for COVID. Ball defeated Courtenay final summer time and is anticipated to face the winner of Saturday’s title contest.
Under are the weights for the remainder of the undercard.
Kash Farooq (14-1, 6KOs), Glasgow, 117 kilos vs. Alexander Espinoza (20-2-2, KOs), Managua, 117 ½ kilos—10 rounds, bantamweight
Nick Campbell (professional debut) Jersey, England, 248 ½ kilos vs. Petr Frohlich (2-30-1, 1KO), Duchcov, Czech Republic, 226.4 kilos—6 rounds, heavyweight
John Hedges (1-0, 0KOs), Takeley, England, 177.1 kilos vs. Stank Jermelic (0-5, 0KOs), Cut up, Croatia, 174 ¼ kilos—4 rounds, mild heavyweight
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox