Van Heerden talks Bradley v Gavin, eyes Rios or Malignaggi

Phil Jay 06/04/2015
Chris Van Heerden

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In-form South African Chris Van Heerden broke his Easter plans to discuss the gathering rumors that scheduled opponent Frankie Gavin is set to accept an IBF welterweight title eliminator against former world champion Timothy Bradley.

Eddie Hearn told UK media company IFL TV on Saturday night that a fight between newly-signed Gavin and Bradley was a possibility, meaning a May 9 clash with Van Heerden would be sacrificed to allow the Briton to accept the opportunity.

Van Heerden, who holds the IBF International title and should conceivably be ahead of Gavin in queue, was very much looking forward to fighting in the UK for the first time next month but say he would have no problem finding an alternative opponent elsewhere.

“I woke up this morning to a whole lot of tweets telling me the fight is lightly to be cancelled,” Van Heerden exclusively told World Boxing News on Easter Sunday.

“As you can imagine, I’m shocked and upset but my faith is strong that if this is the way and Gavin fights Bradley, God will bless me with something big. I know a whole lot of South African fans in UK will be disappointed as I have gathered a support base of SA people in UK to come out on fight night, but hopefully I’ll be fortunate and blessed enough to have the privilege to fight bigger name than Gavin.

“We will look at someone like Rios or Malignaggi for our next big fight as they are fighters I have looked up to and still look up to. I have only respect for them and it would be a privilege to share a ring with either in the future,” he added.

The 27 year-old has enjoyed considerable success since switching his career Stateside, and with one of the best trainers in the business behind him in Freddie Roach, Van Heerden is carving a route towards a world title in the next twelve months.