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Nigel Benn
Nigel Benn
Former world super middleweight champion

Nigel Benn, known as the Dark Destroyer, was twice a world champion at middleweight and super middleweight. He lost only 5 of his professional fights, three of those defeats coming at the end of his career.

Born in Ilford on January 22nd 1964, as a boxer in the army he had a record 41 wins and one loss. He turned professional in 1987, and had 22 consecutive knockout wins. Benn was crowned world middleweight champion after knocking out Doug DeWitt, the defending champion. He defended his title against former WBC champion Iran Barkley, but lost to Chris Eubank.

In 1991, he won the WBC super middleweight title with a knockout in round 4 of defending champion Mauro Galvano. This time he successfully defended his title against Eubank with 12 round draw.

Benn's next fight would change his life forever. World middleweight champion Gerald McClennan was eager to move up in weight and become two time world champion as Benn had, and challenged him.

In an eagerly anticipated fight, in which many say both fought the fight of their lives, McClennan suffered brain damage and went blind and was paralysed. These tragic events took all the fighting spirit out of Benn, and after losing his title to Steve Collins. Since retiring from boxing, Benn has had a successful career as a DJ and has become a TV celebrity.

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