Toronto-based Samuel Vargas to face unbeaten Conor Benn in April

Toronto fighter Samuel Vargas (left) puts Argentibe boxer Gabriel Pereiro into a corner during their bout. (Chris Young/CP)

Toronto-based welterweight Samuel Vargas will face unbeaten Conor (The Destroyer) Benn on April 10 in the United Kingdom.

Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, ran his record to 17-0-0 in November with a decision over Germany’s Sebastian Formella. The 24-year-old Benn is currently ranked 11th by the WBA.

Vargas (31-6-2) last fought in July when he was stopped in the seventh round by unbeaten Vergil Ortiz Jr. in Indio, Calif. That fight was originally scheduled for March 28 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and test one of the guys they say is the future of the welterweight division, but I don’t think it’s his time yet,” Vargas said in a statement. “I’ve stood toe-to-toe with the best fighters in this division and I’ve never even touched the canvas. I know what it takes to be at the top level, and I want to prove that I can still be there.”

The Colombian-born Vargas has lost three of his last five fights, dropping decisions to Luis Collazo and Ami Khan.

Lee Baxter, Vargas’s promoter, said exact location of the fight will be announced shortly.

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