Nigel Benn

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Nigel Benn
Statistics
Real name Nigel Gregory Benn
Nickname(s) Dark Destroyer
Rated at Middleweight
Super-middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Reach 73 in (190 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1964-01-22) 22 January 1964 (age 50)
Ilford, Greater London, England, UK
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 42
Wins by KO 35
Losses 5
Draws 1

Nigel Gregory Benn (born 22 January 1964), known as the "Dark Destroyer", is an English former boxer who held world titles in the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions.

Benn was also in the British Army, where he served in Germany for three years, then Northern Ireland during the Troubles for 18 months. He attended Loxford School of Science and Technology, Ilford, Greater London. Now he lives in Sydney, Australia with his family.

Background[edit]

Barbadian British,[1] Benn comes from a sporting family that includes a famous cousin in the football world, Paul Ince, who would often accompany Benn to the ring for his UK fights. Benn had a record of 41 wins and 1 loss as an amateur boxer, with the loss being against Rod Douglas, whom Benn later defeated.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Benn turned professional in 1987 and began a streak of consecutive knockout wins. During this time, Benn won the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title with a second round win over Abdul Umaru.

At 22-0 (22 KOs), Benn defended his Commonwealth title against Michael Watson in a heavily hyped bout in May 1989 at Finsbury Park, London. Throwing nothing but hooks, Benn repeatedly failed to get through Watson's tight guard, and gradually tired whilst being stunned numerous times himself.

In the sixth round, Watson knocked Benn down with a jab and Benn was counted out as he rose to his feet, albeit by a somewhat hasty referee's count.

His next fight, against Jorge Amparo in Atlantic City, U.S., was his first fight abroad and also the first to last the full distance, with Benn winning a 10 round decision.

WBO middleweight champion[edit]

After two more wins, against Sanderline Williams and Jose Quinones, Benn fought WBO middleweight title holder Doug DeWitt of the USA in Atlantic City. Benn was knocked down in round two, but came back to knock DeWitt down in round three, then score three knockdowns in round eight to win the title.

His first defence came in August 1990 against former WBC champion Iran Barkley, whom he floored three times and stopped on the three-knockdown rule at the end of the first round. Benn returned to the UK and met British rival Chris Eubank. They fought in Birmingham on 18 November 1990. Benn lost his title to Eubank when the referee stopped the fight in the ninth round.

See also Benn vs Eubank

WBC super-middleweight champion[edit]

Benn then went on a winning streak of six fights leading up to another world title challenge. In 1991, he beat Marvin Hagler's half brother, Robbie Sims, by a knockout in round seven, followed by a close, disputed decision win against Thulani Malinga, and a one-punch KO victory against Dan Sherry.

On 10 October 1992, Benn challenged Mauro Galvano for the WBC super-middleweight title in Palaghiaccio de Marino, Marino, Lazio, Italy. After a controversial dispute at ringside over the official result after Galvano was unable to continue due to a severe cut, Benn was declared the winner and won the title by a fourth-round TKO.

He defended it against fellow Britons Nicky Piper and Lou Gent, and a rematch victory over Mauro Galvano, before again boxing great rival Chris Eubank, who was now WBO super-middleweight champion, in a unification bout on 9 October 1993. This time they boxed to a disputed draw, with both fighters retaining their respective titles. Benn successfully defended his title twice more in 1994 with unanimous decisions against fellow Briton Henry Wharton and Juan Carlos Giminez

Benn vs McClellan[edit]

In February 1995, Benn defended his 168 lb title against WBC middleweight champion Gerald McClellan in a highly anticipated bout billed as "Sudden Impact". Most American experts gave Benn little chance. In an exciting fight Benn was knocked through the ropes in the first round and was knocked down again in the eighth round, however Benn managed to twice work his way back into the fight and was able to stop McClellan in the tenth round. At the time of the stoppage, two judges had McClellan ahead and one had the fight even.

Unfortunately, however, McClellan was severely injured as a result of the fight. After collapsing in his corner after the fight had finished, McClellan was rushed to hospital where it was discovered he had developed a blood clot on the brain. To this day McClellan is almost completely blind, partially deaf, and uses a wheelchair, although he has regained some movement and can walk with a cane. In 2007, McClellan, his wife and children attended a benefit dinner organised and hosted by Benn to help McClellan with his ongoing medical expenses.

Two more defences followed against future WBC title-holder Vincenzo Nardiello and American Danny Perez, before Benn lost his title with an uncharacteristically lacklustre performance to old rival Malinga in 1996.

Benn twice attempted to take the WBO super-middleweight title from Steve Collins but failed in both attempts: losing by TKO in four in the first fight after sustaining an ankle injury. He retired following the second loss to Collins in 1996, retiring on his stool at the end of the sixth-round.

Retirement[edit]

Nigel Benn retired from the sport of boxing and became a DJ. He later appeared in the first series of the ITV reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

Benn has since developed a strong faith and now lives with his family in Sydney, Australia, where he is a born again Christian. He also became an ordained minister.

Benn's autobiography, published in 2001, is called Dark Destroyer.

Nigel is also a Patron of the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a UK children's charity based in the North West, helping children with life threatening conditions and their families. www.shannonstrust.org.uk

Professional boxing record[edit]

42 Wins, (35 KOs), 5 Losses, 1 Draw[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 42-5-1 Republic of Ireland Steve Collins RTD 6 (12),
-
1996-11-09 England Nynex Arena, Manchester. For WBO super-middleweight title.
Loss 42-4-1 Republic of Ireland Steve Collins TKO 4 (12),
?
1996-07-06 England Nynex Arena, Manchester. For WBO super-middleweight title.
Loss 42-3-1 South Africa Thulani Malinga SD 12 1996-03-02 England Telewest Arena, Newcastle. Lost WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 42-2-1 United States Danny Perez TKO 7 (12),
2:33
1995-09-02 England Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 41-2-1 Italy Vincenzo Nardiello TKO 8 (12),
1:43
1995-07-22 England New London Arena, Millwall, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 40-2-1 United States Gerald McClellan KO 10 (12),
1:46
1995-02-25 England New London Arena, Millwall, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 39-2-1 Paraguay Juan Carlos Gimenez UD 12 1994-09-10 EnglandNational Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 38-2-1 England Henry Wharton UD 12 1994-02-26 England Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Draw 37-2-1 England Chris Eubank D 12 1993-10-09 England Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
For WBO super-middleweight title.
Win 37-2 England Lou Gent TKO 4 (12),
0:35
1993-06-26 England Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
win 36-2 Italy Mauro Galvano UD 12 1993-03-06 Scotland Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 35-2 Wales Nicky Piper TKO 11 (12),
1:44
1992-12-12 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London. Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 34-2 Italy Mauro Galvano TKO 4 (12),
-
1992-10-03 Italy Palaghiaccio de Marino, Marino, Lazio, Italy. Won WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 33-2 South Africa Thulani Malinga PTS 10 1992-05-23 England National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
Win 32-2 Canada Dan Sherry KO 3 (10),
2:34
1992-02-19 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London.
win 31-2 Argentina Hector Abel Lescano KO 3 (10),
2:35
1991-12-07 England G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester.
Win 30-2 United States Lenzie Morgan UD 10 1991-10-26 England Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex.
Win 29-2 England Kid Milo TKO 4 (10),
3:00
1991-07-03 England International Centre, Brentwood, Essex.
Win 28-2 United States Robbie Sims TKO 7 (10),
?
1991-04-03 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
Loss 27-2 England Chris Eubank TKO 9 (12),
2:56
1990-11-18 England National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Lost WBO middleweight title.
Win 27-1 United States Iran Barkley TKO 1 (12),
2:57
1990-08-18 United States Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada. Retained WBO middleweight title.
Win 26-1 United States Doug DeWitt TKO 8 (12),
0:44
1990-04-29 United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Won WBO middleweight title.
Win 25-1 United States Sanderline Williams SD 10 1990-01-14 United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Win 24-1 Puerto Rico Jose Quinones TKO 1 (10),
2:51
1989-12-01 United States Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Win 23-1 Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo UD 10 1989-10-20 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Loss 22-1 England Michael Watson TKO 6 (12),
1:34
1989-05-21 England Majestic Ballroom, Finsbury Park, London. Lost Commonwealth middleweight title.
Win 22-0 England Mbayo Wa Mbayo KO 2 (10),
2:20
1989-03-28 Scotland Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
Win 21-0 Zambia Michael Chilambe KO 1 (12),
1:07
1989-02-08 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London. Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.
Win 20-0 David Noel TKO 1 (12),
2:04
1988-12-10 EnglandNational Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London. Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.
Win 19-0 Jamaica Anthony Logan KO 2 (12),
1:15
1988-10-26 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London. Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.
win 18-0 United States Tim Williams TKO 2 (10),
0:59
1988-05-28 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Win 17-0 Ghana Abdul Umaru Sanda TKO 2 (12),
?
1988-04-20 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London. Won vacant Commonwealth (CBC) middleweight title.
Win 16-0 England Darren Hobson KO 1 (8),
1:49
1988-04-13 England Norwich Lads Boxing Club, Norwich, Norfolk.
Win 15-0 United States Greg Taylor TKO 2 (8),
?
1988-02-24 Wales Afan Lido, Port Talbot, Wales.
Win 14-0 Canada Byron Prince TKO 2 (8),
?
1988-02-07 England Bingley Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire.
Win 13-0 United States Fermin Chirino KO 2 (8),
?
1988-01-27 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
Win 12-0 United States Reggie Miller TKO 7 (10),
1:08
1987-12-02 England Grand Hall, Wembley, London.
Win 11-0 England Ian Chantler KO 1 (8),
0:16
1987-11-24 England Hudsons Sports Centre, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Win 10-0 United States Ronnie Yoe TKO 1 (8),
?
1987-11-03 England Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
Win 9-0 England Russell Barker TKO 1 (6),
1:15
1987-10-13 England Blazers Night Club, Windsor, Berkshire.
Win 8-0 Wales Winston Burnett KO 3 (6),
1:55
1987-09-16 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Win 7-0 England Eddie Smith KO 2 (8),
1:08
1987-09-08 England Blazers Night Club, Windsor, Berkshire.
Win 6-0 United States Leon Morris KO 1 (6),
0:25
1987-07-01 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Win 5-0 England Reginald Marks TKO 1 (6),
?
1987-06-07 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Win 4-0 Wales Winston Burnett TKO 4 (8),
?
1987-05-09 England Latchmere Leisure Centre, Wandsworth, London.
Win 3-0 Netherlands Rob Nieuwenhuizen TKO 1 (6),
2:03
1987-04-22 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Win 2-0 Wales Kevin Roper TKO 1 (6),
?
1987-03-04 England Festival Hall Super Tent, Basildon, Essex.
Win 1-0 England Graeme Ahmed TKO 2 (8),
1:10
1987-01-28 England Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London. Professional debut.

Professional Titles[edit]

Preceded by
Tony Sibson
Retired
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
20 April 1988 – 21 June 1989
Succeeded by
Michael Watson
Preceded by
Doug DeWitt
WBO Middleweight Champion
29 Apr 1990 – 18 Nov 1990
Succeeded by
Chris Eubank
Preceded by
Mauro Galvano
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
3 Oct 1992 – 2 Mar 1996
Succeeded by
Thulani Malinga

Amateur accomplishments[edit]

  • Amateur boxing: 41 wins 4 loss
  • Undefeated Welterweight for the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 1982 and 1984 - won titles all the way up to heavyweight and trained others in his regiment's boxing team
  • 1986 ABA Middleweight Champion, avenging a previous loss to Rod Douglas.

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