Nigel Benn will make astonishing boxing comeback aged 55 in his first fight in 23 YEARS as he says he wants ‘closure’ on his career after struggles with drug abuse and depression
- Nigel Benn last fought professionally in 1996, 23 years ago
- The 55-year-old will face off against 40-year-old Sakio Bika on November 23
- Benn wants to gain ‘closure’ on his career, which includes two world titles
- He went against Frank Warren’s pleas for Benn not to return to boxing at his age
Nigel Benn has announced he will return to boxing for a one-off fight at the age of 55 in order to gain ‘closure’.
The British boxing legend feels he has unfinished business having struggled with drug abuse, depression and the death of his brother during his original career.
Benn, who has not fought professionally since 1996, confirmed on Thursday that he will face 40-year-old Sakio Bika in Birmingham on November 23.
Nigel Benn will make a sensational comeback at the age of 55 in a one-off fight to gain ‘closure’
Benn held two world championship titles in his career and previously retired in 1996
Promoter Frank Warren had pleaded with Benn not to make the comeback, but Benn said the return is something he has wanted to do for a while.
Nigel Benn’s boxing career
- Nicknamed the ‘Dark Destroyer’ for his heavy punches and aggressive fighting style
- Held the WBO middleweight title in 1990 and the WBC super-middleweight title between 1992 and 1996
- His rivalry with fellow Brit Chris Eubank was iconic during the 1990s
- Retired with 83.3% knockout to win ratio
- Was entered into the WBC Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013
Nicknamed the ‘Dark Destroyer’ for his aggresive style, Benn held the WBO middleweight title in 1990 and the WBC super-middleweight title between 1992 and 1996.
He forged an iconic domestic rivalry with Chris Eubank which captured the imagination of the British public.
Speaking at a press conference in London, he said: ‘It’s been a long time coming. This fight is all about me. It wasn’t financial, it was always about closure that I wanted that I never had.
‘I suffered with a lot of issues in my life from a young age, from 1972 when my brother died – the murder of my brother – which I carried through to my adult life.
Benn won the WBC super-middleweight title in 1992 after defeating Juan Carlos Gimenez
‘At the age of eight, I started smoking cigarettes to 41, I started doing ecstasy, smoking spliffs all throughout my career, but suffered with depression.
‘There’s not one fight that I went through that I didn’t suffer with. It was bugging me.
‘I don’t even think I was at my best, I don’t know how I got that far.’
Benn retired with an 83.3% knockout to win ratio, and in 2013 was entered into the WBC Boxing Hall of Fame.
Benn’s will return for a one-off fight against 40-year-old Sakio Bika on November 23