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The Fans’ Corner: Benn vs Vargas Preview

More boxing this weekend as Conor “the destroyer” Benn defends his WBA Continental welterweight title against Samuel Vargas at the Copper Box arena. The undercard presents female world championship boxing as Shannon Courtney takes on Aussie Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA World Bantamweight title. Savannah Marshall is also in action as she defends her WBO World Featherweight title. Kash Farooq also looks to add the WBC international silver bantamweight crown to his accolades against the defending Honduran, Alexander Espinoza. John Hedges also looks to make it 2-0 against Stanko Jermelic and Heavyweight Nick Campbell makes his debut against Petr Frohlich.

Conor Benn (17-0 11 KO’s) won an unanimous decision against Sebastian Formella on the back end of 2020 last time out and made a 4th defence of his WBA continental welterweight title. In the opposing corner stands Samuel Vargas (31-6-2 14 KO’s) who last fought in July 2020 and lost to Virgil Ortiz Jr via a 7th round KO for the WBA Gold World Welterweight title. Vargas is familiar to British boxing viewers as back in 2018 he fought Amir Khan but lost via an unanimous decision despite having Khan down at then end of the 2nd round.

It is clear to see this is a step up for Benn from looking at some of the fighters Vargas has mixed it with and the experience he would have gained from some of those fights. The question is will it be too big of a step up for Benn? Or will he be able to make easy work of the Colombian? The guys at “The Fans’ Corner” give their opinions.

Harry’s Prediction: Will Benn be able to cope with Vargas? I think so. Benn will be to quick for Vargas and in my opinion will outbox him. However upsets do happen and given Vargas’s experience it’s possible so by no means will this be an easy fight for Benn. I’m going for a Benn Unanimous Decision.

Fred's Prediction: Benn has been climbing the ranks of the welterweight division for the past few years and this again is another step closer to world title contention. It's clear what he has to do, continue winning fights and winning fights comfortably at that. Vargas will provide stiff opposition to his progression but Benn should have the ability to outbox the Colombian for 12 rounds giving him the unanimous decision at the end of the night. A knockout for Benn would be a good statement to send to his rivals considering Khan couldn't achieve that when he fought Vargas.