Conor Bean approached elite welterweight boxing with another bid of his brutal end to destroying Chris Van Heerden in two rounds on Saturday.
The English rival continued his brilliance in the knockout stage at Manchester Arena in England, hours before the triple world title battle between world champion Errol Spence and Yordenis Ogas in the United States.
“I keep subjugating them. Southbow, orthodox…I deal with them,” said Ben. “If you want British maids, we will do it [Kell] Brooke [Amir] Khan, if not we will push for world titles. I’ll leave matchmaking to the promoters, and I’ll just fire them.”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said Ben is expected to face a step up in the class when he fights again in the summer.
“When you take down the opposition like that, you have to make big leaps,” Hearn said. “Now we have to step up the opponent. Now is the time for more serious players.”
Amir Khan, also from England, joined Bean in the ring afterwards, but the former budding welterweight said he had not made a decision on whether to continue playing after losing six rounds of overtime to Kell Brook, the former welterweight world champion in FIFA, which is 10 years old. Older than Brock.
Essex, England Between (21-0, 14 KOs), 25, who grew up in Spain and Australia, is trying to follow in the footsteps of his father, Nigel Bean, who reigned as world middleweight and middleweight champion in the 1990s, and has made impressive progress During the past two years.
Van Heerden (28-3-1, 12 KOs), 34, of Johannesburg, South Africa, based in California, was stopped in eight rounds by Spence in 2015, two years before the American won the world championship. After defeating former world champion Chris Algerie in four rounds in December, Bean pulled off a faster stoppage against Van Heerden.
Southpaw van Heerden, who started his professional career when Bean was 9 years old, has only been in the ring with one round of action since August 2019 (the fight against top contender Jaron Ines was suspended after a run due to Van Heerden being injured in the December 2020 match).
But South Africa showed no signs of ring rust in the fierce first round, with big shots.
But Van Heerden, who wore “dad” at the top of his pants – his father Daniel was killed in South Africa in 2018 – quickly collapsed in the second round when his straight right hand shook him. Bean followed him with Van Heerden propped up on the ropes, his right hand leaving the South African boxer on the canvas.
Chris Bellam Smith beat Tommy McCarthy in the eighth round to defend his European and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles and come close to a world title.
Billam Smith, ranked No. 3 with the governing bodies of the IBF and WBO, produced a continuous attack and finished McCarthy with a right hand in the eighth round of the fight he had begun to dominate. Bellam Smith (15-1, 11 KOs), 31, of Bournemouth, England, beat McCarthy (18-4, 9 KOs), 31, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, by split decision in July last year – but that It was more impressive. McCarthy started well, landing heavy feet on his right hands in the second round, but Bellam Smith rocked a series of hits in the fourth, including a left hook that shook McCarthy on the bell.
Bellam Smith, sparring partner and fellow gymnastics for WBO World Champion Lawrence O’Colli, continued to build pressure from that point and delivered a string of powerful punches when McCarthy was on the ropes at eight, before serving out the Northern Irish. Falling forward and stopping after his final right hand.