Conor Benn is ready to unleash his firepower against Chris Van Heerden on Saturday night.
The main event at Manchester’s AO Arena is seen as another step towards Benn’s march towards a world title shot and ‘The Destroyer’ is aiming to make the South African pay for his disrespect.
“He said he doesn’t rate my boxing ability. If you don’t respect me then I’ll make you respect me,” said Benn in a Matchroom press release.
“He’s wanted this fight for a while. He told me he needed this fight for himself, needed it for closure. We’ve made the fight happen. Hopefully he comes prepared, which I believe he will.”
Unbeaten in 20 fights Benn’s last win was a highlight reel knockout over veteran and former world champion Chris Algieri.
“It was the most dramatic finish of my career for sure,” said Benn.
“It was great that I was able to put in that performance. I just went in there with such confidence. Being confident in the ring… you display it in your defence mechanisms, trust in your reflexes, trust in your power.”
And the highly ranked world title contender seems ready to unleash a similar performance on Van Heerden this Saturday.
“Chris Van Heerden needs to be ready for a whole lot of firepower. He needs to be ready for someone who fights like he’s got everything to lose.”