By Ken Hissner: At Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, UK, Saturday over DAZN Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) presented in the Main Event WBA Continental Welterweight champion and WBA No. 5 ranked Conor “The Destroyer” Benn of the UK stopped Chris “The Heat” van Heerden of South Africa at 0:59 of the second round.
In the co-feature, EBU Cruiserweight champion Chris “The Gentleman” Billam-Smith of the UK defending against Tommy McCarthy of Northern Ireland.
In the Main Event, WBA No. 5 ranked and WBA Continental Welter champ, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, 21-0 (14), #146 ½, of Ilford, Essex, UK, stopped southpaw Chris “The Heat” van Heerden, 28-3-1 (12), #145 ¾, of Johannesburg, RSA, @ 0:59 of the second round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round, Benn went right after Heerden having his way with solid left hooks hurting Heerden with just a minute left. In the final minute, Heerden fought back well, holding his own. In the second round, a right from Benn on the chin had van Heerden hurt. He followed up with a left and three rights, and down went van Heerden causing Referee Steve Gray to immediately call it off, knowing he would not be getting up.
In the co-feature, WBO Ranked No. 3 EBU Cruiser champ Chris “The Gentleman” Billam-Smith, 15-1 (11), #199 ½, of Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, stopped Tommy McCarthy, 18-4-1 (9), #199 ½, of Belfast, No. IRE, @1:28 of the eighth round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
WBC World and IBO Female Super Feather champ Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner, 12-1 (7), #129 ¼, of Bingham Farms, MI, defeated Edith Soledad Matthysse, 17-12-1 (1), #133 ½, of Trelew, Chubut, ARG, over 10×2 rounds.
Matthysse didn’t make weight, so that she couldn’t win the title. Baumgardner completely dominated her.
All scores 100-90. Baumgardner is promoted by Marshall Kauffman of Kings Promotions.
Cruiserweight Jordan “Troublesome” Thompson, 12-0 (10), #197, of Manchester, Lancashire, UK, Mariano “El Angel” Gudino, 14-5 (9), #199 ¾, of Bell Ville, Cordoba, ARG, @0:47 of the second round of a scheduled eight rounds.
In the second round, a right uppercut from Thompson on the chin of Gudino and down he went ending the fight.