Nigel Benn has announced that he will be returning to the ring to face Sakio Bika in an astonishing comeback fight at the age of 55.
The ‘Dark Destroyer’ will compete for the first time since 1996 when he takes on a fellow former world champion on November 23 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.
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The 55-year-old legend of British boxing previously declared on social media that he would be returning to the sport, though this was initially treated with some scepticism.
Now however, it has become very real with confirmation Benn will be licenced by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) rather than the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).
The former middleweight and super-middleweight world champion earned his status as one of the sport’s greats through his legendary fights with the likes of Michael Watson, Gerald McClellan and, most famously, Chris Eubank.
Benn lost his last three fights at what everybody thought was the end of his career 23 years ago, but has now scheduled a return.
The event is being billed as ‘One More Fight For Closure’.
Harlem Eubank has stated his willingness to recreate British boxing’s past glory days by fighting Conor Benn in 2019.
Eubank, nephew of Chris Sr, wants to face Benn, who is the son of Nigel, to reignite the old rivalry between their families that captivated the country in the 1990s.
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn fought twice – in 1990 and 1993 – with the rematch watched on TV by over 17 million people in the UK.
Eubank knocked Benn out first time around while their second bout was scored a draw despite many believing Benn had done enough to avenge his loss.
Now, their descendants are starting to rise up through the ranks and plan on making history themselves.
Welterweight prospect Harlem Eubank (7-0, 2 KOs) fights out of renowned trainer Adam Booth’s gym, prompting the coach to post a split image of him with fellow welterweight prospect Conor Benn (13-0, 10 KOs) on social media this week.
Booth wrote: “Harlem Eubank vs Conor Benn. Eubank vs Benn.”
Harlem quoted the tweet and added: “Happily. Conor Benn, let’s dance!”
A bout between the pair would undoubtedly generate mass publicity, despite the fact both fighters are relative novices in the professional ranks.