Conor Benn vs Samuel Vargas: Destroyer will set a furious pace before scoring a late win

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Benn headlines an exciting card at the Copperbox Arena in London on Saturday. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects Destroyer to leave it late...

"Vargas showed real character to get off the canvas and deck Khan when last in England, but he faces a different animal in Benn."

Conor Benn vs Samuel Vargas
Saturday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports

Benn is back

After watching Campbell Hatton ease to a debut victory in Gibraltar last month, the focus shifts to the son of another British boxing legend, Conor Benn. The unbeaten prospect is back in action as he takes on Columbia-born Samuel Vargas over 10 rounds on Saturday.

The WBA Continental welterweight title is on the line as The Destroyer aims to continue his unbeaten run and journey towards a world title shot.

Benn - Vargas tops a strong programme promoted by Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Sports, which includes two female world title fights. Fight fans can also follow the progress of Scottish bantamweight star Kash Farooq. Watch the action live on Sky Sports and place your bets at Betfair.

Destroyer leaves a trail of destruction

Benn heads into his 18th fight as a professional with a perfect 17-0-0 record. The 24-year-old from Essex already has 11 knockouts wins on his card, recording a stunning opening round TKO at the O2 Arena back five years ago.

Conor was victorious in his most recent outing, beating German Sebastian Formella at Wembley Arena late last year. That was a 10-round points decision, impressive because it was Benn's first fight in more than a year and came against a talented opponent who had shared a ring with Shawn Porter the fight before, taking Showtime the 12-round distance. Benn won by eight rounds, seven rounds and nine rounds on the cards.

It's no surprise to see backers come steaming in to support the Englishman, and he's available at no bigger than the 1.152/13 currently being offered on the Betfair Exchange. The KO/TKO is 1.715/7 with a points win 2.526/4.

Vargas has won only two of six

Based in Toronto, Canada, Vargas arrives for his latest test with a proud CV detailing 31 wins against six draws and two draws. He carries a lowly 36% knockout average, and it's worth pointing out half of his losses have come inside the distance. Just two wins in his last six fights do little to inspire bettors who enjoy backing the upset.

British fight fans may remember Samuel from his 2018 points defeat against Amir Khan at the Arena Birmingham. In what turned out to be a thrilling contest, Vargas was down in rounds two and three, but he responded, dropping King Khan in the second.

Since that defeat to Amir, the away fighter has boxed four times and lost twice. He was edged on a split decision by Luis Collazo and knocked out in seven by Vergil Ortiz Jr.
The form of Vargas shows why he starts this fight as an outsider with a heavyweight 8.07/1 on the Betfair Exchange. 7.06/1 trades on the KO/TKO with a points win unlikely at 7.06/1.

Benn to impose his strength

Vargas showed real character to get off the canvas and deck Khan when last in England, but he faces a different animal in Benn. The favourite is an attack-minded fighter who will aim to push his rival back and impose his strength early in this contest. This is a case of how Conor wins the bout.

The underdog is experienced and available at a hefty price, but his confidence will be rock bottom following a poor run of form. He was stopped last time, and it will be a surprise if he lasts the pace to trouble the judges here.

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