Chris van Heerden

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Chris van Heerden








  • Birth Name: Christopher van Heerden
  • Birth Place: Contribute
  • Born: June 19, 1987
  • Died: Contribute
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5′ 9″
  • Weight: 147 lb
  • Reach: 72″
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Pro Debut: September 06, 2006
  • Nationality: South Africa
  • Status: Inactive
  • Manager: Contribute
  • Promoter: Contribute
  • Total Bouts: 33
  • Total Rounds: 35

Chris van Heerden is a South African professional boxer who was born on June 19th, 1987. The boxer has had a successful career in the sport, with a record of 28 wins, three losses, one draw, and one no-contest. He is also known by his nickname "The Heat". Let's take a closer look at his professional career.

Early Career

Van Heerden made his professional boxing debut against Lucky Mavimbela at the age of 19 on September 6, 2006, defeating Mavimbela via 2nd round TKO. He went on to win seven more consecutive fights after the debut, which included six wins via stoppage.

Van Heerden quickly emerged as a top fighter in the African continent, and snapped up South African and ABU welterweight titles. He suffered his first loss in the professional ring to Serbian Ivica Stevanovic for IBF Inter-Continental light middleweight title in 2010. This fight, however, did not stop him from rising to success. In 2009 he prevailed over fellow South African Kaizer Mabuza and gained IBO welterweight belt. He managed to defend his belt twice, against Sebastián Andrés Luján and Matthew Hatton.

Winter 2013 saw van Heerden relocate to the United States. The move meant that he had been forced to relinquish his status as the International Boxing Organisation's champion but it was a move that he considered to pave the way to higher honors in future.

Major Fights

Van Heerden vs. Spence Jr

In 2015, van Heerden faced rising prospect Errol Spence Jr. Despite taunting Spence Jr numerous times throughout the fight, van Heerden was dominated by Spence Jr and dropped twice before the referee had seen enough and decided to stop the fight in round eight.

Van Heerden vs. Ennis

In December 2020, van Heerden fought Jaron Ennis. Ennis was ranked #7 by the WBO, #10 by the IBF and #12 by the WBC at welterweight. After a clash of heads in the first round, van Heerden suffered a severe cut on his forehead which prompted the referee to stop the fight early, ending the fight with a no-decision outcome.

Van Heerden vs. Benn

On April 16, 2022, Van Heerden challenged undefeated prospect Conor Benn for the WBA Continental Welterweight title. He lost by 2nd-round TKO after being dominated and got brutally knocked down in Round 2, where the referee stopped it.

Personal Life

Van Heerden currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Career Summary

Van Heerden's professional boxing record is currently at 28-3-1, which includes 12 knockout wins and two losses via knockout. He is on a one-fight losing streak. He has never had a title fight or defended any titles, but has held the ABU and IBO welterweight titles. Some of Heerden's best fights and notable victories include wins over Cosme Rivera, Matthew Hatton, Sebastián Andrés Luján, Kaizer Mabuza, Page Tshesane, Bongani Mwelase, and Mahonri Montes.

Van Heerden has suffered three losses in his professional boxing career so far — all of them in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Nikola Stevanović via 12 round split-decision on May 29, 2010, which ended his 14-fight win streak. He has been stopped two times and lost once via decision. Van Heerden's most recent fight was a non-title bout against British boxer Conor Benn on April 16, 2022. He lost the fight via 2nd round TKO. It's been 11 months and 15 days since this fight.


Chris van Heerden has had a successful boxing career, despite not having any title fights or title defenses. He is known for his ability to win fights via knockout or decision, and has notable victories over some of the best boxers in the welterweight division. Van Heerden is a skilled boxer and continues to train hard for his next fight, despite his recent loss to Conor Benn. Fans around the world watch eagerly to see what's next for "The Heat".

Chris van Heerden Fight Record

# Date Age Opponent Result Via
33 Apr 16, 2022 34 Conor Benn Loss TKO2
32 Dec 19, 2020 33 Jaron Ennis NC NC
31 Aug 17, 2019 32 Aslanbek Kozaev Win UD
30 Mar 23, 2019 31 Mahonri Montes Win TD
29 Apr 27, 2018 30 Timo Schwarzkopf Win UD
28 Oct 22, 2016 29 Sacky Shikukutu Win UD
27 Apr 16, 2016 28 Steve Clagget Win MD
26 Sep 11, 2015 28 Errol Spence Jr. Loss TKO8
25 May 13, 2015 27 Raymon Ayala Win TKO4
24 Jan 9, 2015 27 Cecil McCalla Win SD
23 Apr 16, 2014 26 Ray Narh Win SD
22 Feb 6, 2014 26 Cosme Rivera Win RTD4
21 Mar 2, 2013 25 Matthew Hatton Win UD
20 Jun 16, 2012 24 Sebastián Andrés Luján Win UD
19 Sep 24, 2011 24 Kaizer Mabuza Win UD
18 Jun 4, 2011 23 Bongani Mwelase Win UD
17 Jan 29, 2011 23 Boitshepo Mandawe Win SD
16 May 29, 2010 22 Nikola Stevanović Loss SD
15 Nov 13, 2009 22 Venance Mponji Win KO1
14 Jul 10, 2009 22 Boitshepo Mandawe Win UD
13 Mar 27, 2009 21 Welcome Ntshingila Win UD
12 Dec 5, 2008 21 Page Tshesane Win TKO12
11 Jul 25, 2008 21 Hassan Saku Win TKO8
10 Feb 22, 2008 20 Msizi Qwabe Win UD
9 Dec 14, 2007 20 Page Tshesane Draw MD
8 Sep 21, 2007 20 Mpho Tshiambara Win TKO4
7 Aug 31, 2007 20 George Mapalakane Win TKO3
6 Apr 20, 2007 19 Luntu Kosana Win KO2
5 Feb 23, 2007 19 John Mokgotsa Win KO3
4 Feb 2, 2007 19 Moses Mbowane Win TKO4
3 Feb 8, 2006 18 Keketso Mathaba Win UD
2 Oct 27, 2006 19 Rodney Nepfumbada Win TKO1
1 Sep 6, 2006 19 Lucky Mavimbela Win TKO2