South African Chris Van Heerden has learned of his 23rd professional opponent as the ex-IBO welterweight champion continues his run on American soil at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on April 16.
The 26 year-old is aiming to build on the fourth round stoppage of Cosme Rivera in his February US debut and has already mapped out a blueprint to land a high-profile clash in the near future.
“I am just happy to be fighting more as it’s now two fights in four months man,” Van Heerden told World Boxing News.
“I am training hard, feeling good and I’m up against a tough fighter in Ray, but he must know that he is also up against a tough fighter too!
“The energy is great in the gym and we are all excited for 16 April. This will be fight 23 for me and a win means I’ll be fighting again in the US in June.”
Since signing with King Sports, ‘The Heat’ has relocated Stateside full-time in his bid to make his name in the boxing capital of the world and has been enjoying sparring some of the best prospects in camp.
Van Heerden was almost exclusively fighting on home soil before making the career-defining switch on the back of ending Matthew Hatton’s career in March 2013.
“King Sports have a plan and want me to fight as much as possible,” explained Van Heerden. “We are looking at maybe two more outings after the Narh fight, then we hope to land that big fight.
“The goal is to keep winning and create some headlines in the US in 2014. There are a lot of names right now that interest me, but let’s just win first and then we can see which of them step up.”
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