By News Team
8th April 2021
Undefeated prospect Conor Benn returns to the ring on Saturday and with his sights set on the world scene, he has chosen to face a man who has been in the ring with some of the best welterweights from the past decade – Samuel Vargas.
We preview the fight and take a look at the best odds.
Stepping out of the shadows
Son of former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn, Conor Benn has always had a chip on his shoulder, a yearning to etch his own legacy in the boxing history books, and it’s time for him to step into his stride against Samuel Vargas.
Following on from a unanimous decision victory against Sebastien Formella, a ranked welterweight contender who had taken former champion Shawn Porter the distance, Benn steps up again, this time against a Colombia-born Canadian who has been in brutal battles with some of the world’s best, including Danny Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. and Amir Khan.
Often jeered for the quality of previous opponents and subjected to allegations that he had ducked ranked contenders during his career, Benn silenced those critics in his last fight, and is out to prove he’s not just a name in the welterweight division; he’s got his eyes on gold at whatever cost.
Vargas durable but not unbreakable
It’ll be Vargas’ 40th fight on Saturday night, in a career spanning 262 rounds – a stark contrast to Conor Benn’s 17 fights and 67 rounds – but only having been stopped on his feet on two occasions, both against former and current world champions.
Greenwich-born Benn has provided 11 KO, TKO victories during his career to date and if he can provide a stoppage victory on Saturday, he’ll be in the company of some of the greats, cementing a strong position in the division and a chance to start calling out the champions.