|Real name||Nigel Gregory Benn|
|Height||5 ft 9 1⁄2 in (1.77 m)|
|Reach||73 in (190 cm)|
22 January 1964 |
Ilford, Greater London,
|Wins by KO||35|
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.
Barbadian British, 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
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
Life after retirement
After his professional boxing career, Benn became an internationally recognised 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 is a born again Christian. Benn now lives with his family in Sydney, Australia, where he has been studying theology, sports coaching and sports development. He is still active in the international boxing scene mentoring, developing and training both amateur and professional boxers in Australia.
Benn was entered into the World Boxing Council (WBC) Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013 and was honoured alongside fellow Brit Joe Calzaghe as the WBC's greatest super middleweight champion in history. His image is now enshrined upon the sixth generation WBC super middleweight belt.
Benn works with youth at risk in Blacktown, NSW and is dedicated to his charity work. He is an ambassador to the New South Wales Police Citizens Youth Club's (PCYC) and is an advocate for healthy living.
Benn ran the 2013 City to Surf to raise funds for the most underfunded PCYC gym in Redfern, Sydney and has undertaken many fund raisers for the charity since improving the boxing facilities in the most impoverished areas of Sydney. Benn regularly assists Christian groups, counselling individuals suffering from addiction and along with wife Carolyne counsel couples who are facing marriage issues.
Benn is also a Patron of the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a UK children's charity based in the North West of England, helping children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
Benn's autobiography, published in 2001, is called Dark Destroyer.
Professional boxing record
|42 Wins, (35 KOs), 5 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Loss||42-5-1||Steve Collins||RTD||6 (12),
|1996-11-09||Nynex Arena, Manchester.||For WBO super-middleweight title.|
|Loss||42-4-1||Steve Collins||TKO||4 (12),
|1996-07-06||Nynex Arena, Manchester.||For WBO super-middleweight title.|
|Loss||42-3-1||Thulani Malinga||SD||12||1996-03-02||Telewest Arena, Newcastle.||Lost WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||42-2-1||Danny Perez||TKO||7 (12),
|1995-09-02||Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||41-2-1||Vincenzo Nardiello||TKO||8 (12),
|1995-07-22||New London Arena, Millwall, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||40-2-1||Gerald McClellan||KO||10 (12),
|1995-02-25||New London Arena, Millwall, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||39-2-1||Juan Carlos Gimenez||UD||12||1994-09-10||National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||38-2-1||Henry Wharton||UD||12||1994-02-26||Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Draw||37-2-1||Chris Eubank||SD||12||1993-10-09||Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
For WBO super-middleweight title.
|Win||37-2||Lou Gent||TKO||4 (12),
|1993-06-26||Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|win||36-2||Mauro Galvano||UD||12||1993-03-06||Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||35-2||Nicky Piper||TKO||11 (12),
|1992-12-12||Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London.||Retained WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||34-2||Mauro Galvano||TKO||4 (12),
|1992-10-03||Palaghiaccio de Marino, Marino, Lazio, Italy.||Won WBC super-middleweight title.|
|Win||33-2||Thulani Malinga||PTS||10||1992-05-23||National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.|
|Win||32-2||Dan Sherry||KO||3 (10),
|1992-02-19||Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London.|
|win||31-2||Hector Abel Lescano||KO||3 (10),
|1991-12-07||G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester.|
|Win||30-2||Lenzie Morgan||UD||10||1991-10-26||Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex.|
|Win||29-2||Kid Milo||TKO||4 (10),
|1991-07-03||International Centre, Brentwood, Essex.|
|Win||28-2||Robbie Sims||TKO||7 (10),
|1991-04-03||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.|
|Loss||27-2||Chris Eubank||TKO||9 (12),
|1990-11-18||National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.||Lost WBO middleweight title.|
|Win||27-1||Iran Barkley||TKO||1 (12),
|1990-08-18||Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.||Retained WBO middleweight title.|
|Win||26-1||Doug DeWitt||TKO||8 (12),
|1990-04-29||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.||Won WBO middleweight title.|
|Win||25-1||Sanderline Williams||SD||10||1990-01-14||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.|
|Win||24-1||Jose Quinones||TKO||1 (10),
|1989-12-01||Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|Win||23-1||Jorge Amparo||UD||10||1989-10-20||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey.|
|Loss||22-1||Michael Watson||TKO||6 (12),
|1989-05-21||Majestic Ballroom, Finsbury Park, London.||Lost Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||22-0||Mbayo Wa Mbayo||KO||2 (10),
|1989-03-28||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.|
|Win||21-0||Michael Chilambe||KO||1 (12),
|1989-02-08||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||20-0||David Noel||TKO||1 (12),
|1988-12-10||National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London.||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||19-0||Anthony Logan||KO||2 (12),
|1988-10-26||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|win||18-0||Tim Williams||TKO||2 (10),
|1988-05-28||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.|
|Win||17-0||Abdul Umaru Sanda||TKO||2 (12),
|1988-04-20||Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London.||Won vacant Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||16-0||Darren Hobson||KO||1 (8),
|1988-04-13||Norwich Lads Boxing Club, Norwich, Norfolk.|
|Win||15-0||Greg Taylor||TKO||2 (8),
|1988-02-24||Afan Lido, Port Talbot, Wales.|
|Win||14-0||Byron Prince||TKO||2 (8),
|1988-02-07||Bingley Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire.|
|Win||13-0||Fermin Chirino||KO||2 (8),
|1988-01-27||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.|
|Win||12-0||Reggie Miller||TKO||7 (10),
|1987-12-02||Grand Hall, Wembley, London.|
|Win||11-0||Ian Chantler||KO||1 (8),
|1987-11-24||Hudsons Sports Centre, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.|
|Win||10-0||Ronnie Yoe||TKO||1 (8),
|1987-11-03||Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.|
|Win||9-0||Russell Barker||TKO||1 (6),
|1987-10-13||Blazers Night Club, Windsor, Berkshire.|
|Win||8-0||Winston Burnett||KO||3 (6),
|1987-09-16||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.|
|Win||7-0||Eddie Smith||KO||2 (8),
|1987-09-08||Blazers Night Club, Windsor, Berkshire.|
|Win||6-0||Leon Morris||KO||1 (6),
|1987-07-01||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.|
|Win||5-0||Reginald Marks||TKO||1 (6),
|1987-06-07||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.|
|Win||4-0||Winston Burnett||TKO||4 (8),
|1987-05-09||Latchmere Leisure Centre, Wandsworth, London.|
|Win||3-0||Rob Nieuwenhuizen||TKO||1 (6),
|1987-04-22||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.|
|Win||2-0||Kevin Roper||TKO||1 (6),
|1987-03-04||Festival Hall Super Tent, Basildon, Essex.|
|Win||1-0||Graeme Ahmed||TKO||2 (8),
|1987-01-28||Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London.||Professional debut.|
|Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
20 April 1988 – 21 June 1989
|WBO Middleweight Champion
29 Apr 1990 – 18 Nov 1990
|WBC Super Middleweight Champion
3 Oct 1992 – 2 Mar 1996
- 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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