Conor Benn made light work of what was supposed to be his toughest test to date, as he blasted the tough Samuel Vargas out within the first round.
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???? BENN DESTROYS VARGAS! ????@ConorNigel blasted aside Samuel Vargas after just one minute and 22 seconds of a whirlwind stoppage victory ????#BennVargaspic.twitter.com/q2qsj4oHuu
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) April 10, 2021
Benn was coming into this bout off the back of a career best performance against Sebastian Formella, as Vargas on the other hand was coming in off a seventh round knockout loss to Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Benn came out the blocks showcasing his speed, landed big combinations, one of which forced Vargas to dip at the knees.
Benn smelt blood and forced Vargas against the ropes, unloading massive combinations prompting referee Michael Alexander to stop the bout just one minute and twenty seconds after the first bell rang, extending Benn's record to 18-0.
Benn returns to the ring for the third time since the Vargas fight next Saturday, as he locks horns with Chris Van Heerden in Manchester.
The undercard saw Shannon Courtenay win the vacant WBA Bantamweight title, defeating popular Australian Ebanie Bridges on points. Courtenay picked up a nasty cut in the bout, yet Bridges endured grotesque swelling over her eye.
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What a war blood guts and heart. pic.twitter.com/jzPIY3GIrQ
— Blonde Bomber ?????????????? (@EbanieBridges) April 10, 2021
Since this bout, Courtenay lost her world title on the scales before being defeated by Jamie Mitchell, and Bridges has rebuilt and picked up the IBF Bantamweight title by defeating Maria Cecilila Roman.
Savannah Marshall made the first defence of her WBO Middleweight title as she dispatched Maria Lindberg in three rounds. Marshall was originally set to face her most recent foe Femke Hermans on this card but the fight fell through due Hermans' coach testing positive for Covid.
Kash Farooq put his sole career loss even further behind him as he outpointed Alexander Espinoza, despite being cut over both eyes. Heavyweight Nick Campbell made his pro debut, stopping Petr Frohlich in two rounds.
Finally, John Hedges built on his pro debut defeating Stank Jermelic over four rounds, bring his record to 2-0.