Boxing news: Joe Joyce gets European title fight, Nigel Benn confirms comeback, Errol Spence and Shawn Porter exchange words

27 Sep

Here is a round-up of the latest boxing news…

Joe Joyce European title fight ordered

The EBU have ordered Joyce to face Marco Huck for their vacant heavyweight title.

The Brit was previously mandatory to Agit Kabayel, but he decided to go in a different direction and drop the belt.

Joe Joyce beat Bryant Jennings last time out
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Nigel Benn comeback official

Benn will face Sakio Bika in a comeback fight on November 23rd at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

Benn is 55 years old and has not fought since 1996. Bika, 40, is a fellow former world champion and had his last bout in 2017.

Nigel Benn last fought 23 years ago
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Carl Frampton next fight date reported

Northern Ireland’s ‘Jackal’ is reportedly set for a November 30 return at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Oscar Valdez will also be on the card, according to ESPN.

Carl Frampton has only lost to Leo Santa Cruz and Josh Warrington
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Jermall Charlo heading for December defence

According to Mike Coppinger, the WBC ‘regular’ middleweight champion will defend his title against Dennis Hogan next.

This is likely for December 7 at the Barclays Center in New York.

Jermall Charlo is the WBC ‘regular’ middleweight champion
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Errol Spence and Shawn Porter exchange trash talk ahead of unification

Boxing news: Nigel Benn announces comeback fight against Sakio Bika at age of 55

26 Sep

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.

Nigel Benn’s son Conor is also now a professional boxer
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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.

Nigel Benn had a remarkable win against Gerald McClellan, but it ended in tragic circumstances
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The event is being billed as ‘One More Fight For Closure’.

It will be broadcast via Epicentre TV for £14.95.

Nigel Benn comeback fight: 55-year-old British boxing legend to announce November 23 return at press conference this week

23 Sep

Nigel Benn has scheduled a press conference for this Thursday, seemingly to announce an astonishing comeback fight.

The 55-year-old legend of British boxing has declared on social media that he would be returning to the sport, though this was initially treated with some scepticism.

Nigel Benn last fought in 1996
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Now however, it is starting to feel very real with a press release sent out inviting media to attend a presser at which Benn will “make a major announcement relating to his future career.”

It appears the ‘Dark Destroyer’ will be licenced by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) rather than the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

According to the BIBA website, Benn will be back in a light-heavyweight contest on November 23 in Birmingham.

While there have been rumours which suggested the opponent could be Sakio Bika, this is yet to be solidly confirmed.

The fight is scheduled on the BIBA website
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Fellow BIBA licenced fighter Tommy Jacobs is set to be on the undercard and revealed some details in an interview.

Jacobs told iFL TV: “Nigel Benn’s having a comeback fight and he’s fighting on November 23 at what used to be the NEC in Birmingham.

“I’m on the undercard – the main thing I’m not allowed to say is who Nigel Benn’s opponent is for obvious reasons.

“My opponent has been agreed, I’ve got a really, really exciting fight… I’m gonna be fighting Ricardo Mayorga.”

Boxing news: Nigel Benn announces ‘I’m back’, teases potential fights with Chris Eubank and Carl Froch

6 Sep

Nigel Benn has seemingly announced a boxing comeback in a 60-second social media video posted on Friday.

The 55-year-old former two-weight world champion is a British sporting legend, most famous for his iconic rivalry with Chris Eubank in the 1990s.

Benn retired from boxing in 1996, but has repeatedly stated in the past couple of years that he has been planning a return to gain ‘closure’.

Now, he’s uploaded the above video to his social media pages with the caption, “He’s back, I wonder who he will face?

“Joe Calzaghe? Roy Jones Jr? Bernard Hopkins? Chris Eubank? Steve Collins? Carl Froch? Or is it someone else?”

Benn has previously discussed comeback fights against his old rivals Chris Eubank and Steve Collins
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In the video, Benn can be seen training and states: “20 years, I’m back, I’m ready, one more time.

“I feel good, see you soon.”

Conor Benn does hilarious impression of dad Nigel Benn after dramatic knockout win over Jussi Koivula

22 Jun

Conor Benn entertained fans both inside and outside of the ring on Friday night at York Hall.

The young, welterweight prospect moved to 15-0 with an impressive knockout win over Jussi Koivula and then proceeded to impersonate his famous father Nigel Benn in the post-fight interview.

Conor Benn handled the pressure of headlining a show for the first time
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Conor endured a difficult first round against the experienced Koivula, as the Brit looked rather vulnerable and extremely hittable early on.

However, in the second the fight became an entirely different story and Benn blasted his opponent to the canvas twice before stopping him on his feet.

It was arguably the best performance of his fledgling career so far.

After the bout, the elated 22-year-old sat ringside and expressed his delight at scoring the stoppage.

He said he was particularly pleased because it meant his dad Nigel – a former two-weight world champion and British boxing legend – would be unable to critique him too much afterwards.

You can watch the video of the knockout and funny impression above.

Big shock as Nigel Benn’s son Harley is beaten by 0-16 journeyman on Billy Joe Saunders’ undercard

18 May

There was a shock result on the early portion of Billy Joe Saunders’ undercard on Saturday night as Harley Benn suffered his first career defeat.

The 22-year-old lost a four-round decision (39-37) to journeyman Lee Hallett who had a record of zero wins and 16 losses heading into the bout, and picked up his first career victory on the night.

Harley Benn was beaten for the first time

Appearing on shows staged by promoter Frank Warren, Harley had built up a record of 6-0 before meeting Hallett, though he is now 6-1.

He is the son of Nigel Benn and half-brother of fellow rising prospect Conor Benn.

Nigel is a British boxing legend who competed between 1987-1996 and won world titles in two divisions.

The now retired 55-year-old is most well known for his iconic rivalry with Chris Eubank.

Jon Culshaw’s ‘absolutely stupendous’ boxing impressions get the thumbs up from Chris Eubank

25 Apr

talkSPORT was thrilled to welcome a who’s who of boxing royalty to the studios on Tuesday, as Chris Eubank, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

Well, not exactly.

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If you tuned in midway through Tuesday’s show, you would have been forgiven for believing that was true!

In fact, it was none other than Jon Culshaw, who wowed us with his draw-droppingly brilliant boxing impressions.

The vocal chameleon joined Mr Brazil in the studio to share his love of boxing’s 1990s heyday, and treated us to his takes on a host of iconic stars.

They were so good, he even got the royal seal of approval from Eubank Sr himself – stupendous!

You’ve really got to hear it to believe it, so check out Jon Culshaw’s uncanny impressions below…

Eubank vs Benn? Harlem Eubank calls out Conor Benn to reignite old boxing rivalries

5 Feb

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.

Conor Benn is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
Harlem Eubank has fought on a couple of Matchroom shows before

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.

Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared the ring for two epic battles in the ’90s

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.

Boxing news: Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn set for sensational trilogy fight 25 years after their final contest

19 Nov

Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn are set to step foot in the ring for one final time to settle their rivalry with a sensational trilogy fight.

An official announcement is expected next week, with a lucrative bout set for some point in 2019.

Eubank and Benn seem set to do it all over again

Before the fight can be given the green light, both fighters need to be cleared by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) owing to their age.

Eubank Snr, 52, and Benn, 54, had two monumental fights in the 1990s which was given extra gravitas because of the sheer hatred held for one another.

Speaking earlier this year about the 1993 fight, Eubank said: “We were well aware that bad blood creates big audiences.

“But what holds the audience is authenticity. Both of us were the real thing. The public knows it when they see it.”

The second fight was watched by half a billion people around the world

Confirming an announcement is due imminently, a source close to Benn’s camp said: “This fight has been in the making for three and a half years, on and off, on and off.

“Nigel is travelling to Spain this week to do a Q&A and he will be making a big announcement.”

Should Eubank Snr and Benn be denied a licence to fight by the BBBC, there may be ‘other avenues’ for getting the fight sanctioned.

British brawlers David Haye and Dereck Chisora obtained clearance from Luxembourg’s boxing federation prior to their fight at Upton Park in July 2012.

The first fight between Eubank Sr and Benn in 1990 was an instant classic, with both men swinging vicious punches with little regard for defence or jabs.

After suffering a cut tongue and a brutal knockdown, Eubank came back to win the fight by stoppage.

The rematch, which took place three years later, was watched by 42,000 fans inside Old Trafford with a global audience of half a billion worldwide.

It was eventually declared a draw and there was always public demand for a third, deciding fight.