‘The Destroyer’ - son of legendary former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn - defends his WBA Continental welterweight title at Wembley’s SSE Arena against Colombian-Canadian Vargas, a seasoned campaigner who has previously fought (and lost against) the likes of Errol Spence Jr, Danny Garcia and budding superstar Vergil Ortiz Jr.
British fight fans may best remember the 31-year-old from his clash with Amir Khan in September 2018, in which the latter recovered from a heavy knockdown to claim a unanimous decison victory in only his second bout for almost two years.
The undefeated Benn, 24, has held the belt since beating Cedrick Peynaud - after being knocked down twice - in that same year, defending it successfully against the likes of Josef Zahradnik, Jussi Koivula and Stephane Jamoye.
He was last seen in action in London in November, when he moved to 17-0 as a professional with a points win over Germany’s Sebastian Formella.
As well as Benn stepping up a level, Saturday’s card also features two eagerly anticipated women’s world title fights, with Shannon Courtenay facing Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA bantamweight belt and fellow Briton Savannah Marshall defending her WBO middleweight title against Maria Lindberg following the late withdrawal of original opponent Femke Hermans.
Benn vs Vargas fight card/undercard in full
Conor Benn beat Samuel Vargas by TKO1 to retain WBA Continental welterweight title
Shannon Courtenay beat Ebanie Bridges on points to win vacant WBA world bantamweight title
Savannah Marshall beat Maria Lindberg by TKO3 to retain WBO middleweight world title
Kash Farooq beat Alexander Espinoza on points for the WBC International Silver bantamweight title
John Hedges beat Stanko Jermelic on points in super-middleweight fight
Nick Campbell beat Peter Frohlich bt TKO2 in heavyweight fight
Benn vs Vargas date, start time, venue and ring walks
Benn vs Vargas takes place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in north west London.
The ring walks for the main event won’t be any earlier than 10pm BST, although as ever the actual start time will depend on the length of those undercard fights.
How to watch Benn vs Vargas
TV channel: Tonight’s card is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Action, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to catch the action as it happens online via the Sky Go app.
Benn vs Vargas prediction
Vargas is a tough and resilient customer, lasting longer than most do against Vergil Ortiz Jr on his last outing in July before eventually succumbing to a seventh-round stoppage.
However, Benn - who recently became a father - has clear ambitions of big title fights and memorable nights, so an impressive win is needed this weekend to continue on his journey upwards and really start to makes strides.
The 24-year-old has targeted big all-British dust-ups with the likes of Khan, Kell Brook and Josh Kelly in the near future, though needs to ensure that he takes care of business here first.
We fancy Benn to win comfortably on points, though don’t be surprised to see a late stoppage as he looks to put on a real show.
Benn vs Vargas press conference
Benn: “I'd love to fight Amir Khan, of course I would. He was my idol at one stage. He's achieved everything I want to achieve in the sport. He's one of the fighters I loved to watch.
"But I've got my hands full with Samuel Vargas. Everyone keeps talking about Khan, I've got my hands full this Saturday night. Providing I come through, which I believe I will with a great win, then we can have those talks.
"I set the bar in the Formella fight, people didn't expect that of me, and this fight I plan on doing exactly the same. There's no ceiling to my career, we'll see how good I can be, I know how good I can be.
"I'm by far the most entertaining welterweight in Britain, in my opinion. Whether I've got to get up off the deck or knock someone out, whatever it is people love to see me fight. That's because I've got dynamite in both hands.
"As far as motivation goes - none. I'm already a motivated young man. Anything I chose to do my son would have a blessed life anyway because I would have applied myself 100 per cent to whatever craft it was.
"I've achieved more than I could when I first started and I believe there's a lot more left to achieve. But my son motivates me to be a better man."
Benn vs Vargas weigh-in results
Benn: 10st 6lbs 12oz
Vargas: 10st 6lbs 10oz
Benn vs Vargas betting odds
Benn to win: 1/7
Vargas to win: 7/1
Draw: Between 18/1 & 19/1
Benn by KO/TKO or DQ: 5/6
Benn by decision/technical decision: 11/10
Vargas by KO/TKO or DQ: 10/1
Vargas by decision/technical decision: 14/1
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