Conor Benn vs Samuel Vargas stoppage (Mark Robinson/Matchroom)
Conor Benn’s match with Samuel Vargas, the 12-round headline struggle on this Matchroom present on the Copper Field Area, appeared each bit an instance of high quality matchmaking. Coming off a career-best efficiency towards the gifted however outgunned Sebastian Formella, the son of legendary Nigel Benn wanted an opponent who may provide him rounds and represented a recognisable identify within the US, wise given many of the high welterweights are based mostly there.
For a bonus level, aggressive Canadian-Colombian Vargas was a well-recognized face to UK viewers, having dropped Amir Khan en path to defeat, finally dropping gallantly as he had towards each top-level opponent he’d met, together with Danny Garcia, Errol Spence and most not too long ago Vergil Ortiz Jr. He appeared prone to a minimum of give the youthful man rounds and issues to be solved, however Benn made the many of the alternative, allotting a first-round shellacking, together with a few big proper fingers, that pressured the referee to rescue Vargas and noticed Conor rating a faster stoppage than any of the aforementioned trio. It was throughout in 80 seconds!
Vargas tried to roll underneath Benn’s stiff jab early on and land to the physique, however Benn was forceful and adopted his lead with rights and uppercuts. As soon as he harm his prey, Benn proved a superb finisher.
Benn turned professional younger, with restricted beginner expertise, and remains to be simply 24. Matchroom and his coach Tony Sims have achieved a masterful job in bringing him on slowly and growing his initially uncooked skills. Explosive, ruthless performances like this, towards often sturdy opposition, will make it tougher than ever to carry Benn again. The person himself referred to as out Amir Khan after the struggle, saying he desires “an actual take a look at”.
The chief help noticed Savannah Marshall make a profitable first defence of the WBO middleweight title, with a over one-week alternative challenger Maria Lindberg, who whereas a stable fighter had not competed for over a yr and was gifting away 4 1/2lbs in weight and 15 years in age.
Lindberg, 44, subbed in for Femke Hermans, whose coach examined optimistic for Covid-19. She was courageous however outclassed and overpowered by Marshall, who appeared each inch one of many best feminine fighters on the earth. Two knockdowns and a beating later, Lindberg sat out the complete rely in spherical three.