Nigel Benn is one of the greatest British boxers of all time and a true legend in the sport. Nigel is a two division world champion who holds the record for defending the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title an extraordinary nine times.
Nigel was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named the WBC’s greatest super middleweight champion in history alongside Joe Calzaghe in 2014. Nigel’s image now appears on the 6th generation WBC champions belt.
Nigel Benn’s professional boxing record stands at an impressive 42 Wins (KO 35) + 5 losses + 1 draw
Nigel exploded onto the British professional boxing scene in 1987 after leaving the British army undefeated in all weight categories from welterweight to heavyweight and winning the London ABA final in 1986.
Nigel won his first 22 professional contests all by way of knockout, at one point competing an astonishing 13 times over a 12 month period and obtaining the Commonwealth middleweight title along the way.
Nigel won his first world title in 1990 by demolishing Doug DeWitt to claim the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) world middleweight title. He defended his WBO title successfully against former world champion Iran Barkley before facing Chris Eubank in the first of two clashes leading to a rivalry which would become legendary in world boxing.
After losing his WBO world middleweight title to Eubank, Nigel won his next six professional bouts before claiming the WBC world super middleweight title from Italian Mauro Galvano by a 4th round KO in Mauro’s home country.
Nigel defended his title a further three times before again facing Chris Eubank for a unification world title contest. The bout was held at the Manchester United football stadium in front of a sold out crowd of 47,000 fans and watched globally by 18.5 million viewers.
The popular vote was that Nigel had won the bout but the contest was scored as a draw with each boxer retaining their respective title. Nigel continued his phenomenal career by beating undefeated Henry Wharton and Juan Carlos Giminez Ferreyra before meeting Gerald McClellan the fighter nicknamed the ‘Mini Mike Tyson’. In the 14 bouts leading up to the contest with Nigel, no boxer had survived past the 5th round in the ring with Gerald McClellan.
The odds were stacked against Nigel; all bookmakers had McClellan to win by knockout and most professional pundits gave Nigel no chance of winning the fight. The contest was a brutal affair seeing Nigel knocked out of the ring in the first round before fighting his way back to score a technical knockout in the 10th round.
The win was marred by the injuries sustained by both athletes during the bout. Gerald McClellan injuries left him blind and partially deaf unable to compete again. Nigel later organised a charity ball in Mayfair London and took part in a documentary which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Gerald McClellan foundation to assist the boxer and his family who loving support Gerald to this day.
Nigel continued to defend his title successfully a further two times before being dethroned by Thulani Malinga.
Nigel fought Irish sensation Steve Collins twice in a bid to regain a world title but was stopped in both WBO world super middleweight title bouts by the Irish boxing legend.
Nigel has continued to be a mentor and role model to many athletes who compete as both amateur and professional boxers.
Nigel migrated to Australia in 2013 to study theology, sports development and coaching. Nigel is actively support boxing at all levels. He mentors and trains both amateur and professional boxers and works with youth at risk.
Nigel is a proud ambassador for the Police Youth Citizens Clubs (PCYC) and assists in supporting the organisation with its boxing programmes, youth engagement programmes and charity fund raising.
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