Nigel Benn held world titles in two weight classes and was known for his powerful and aggressive style. He hung up the gloves with an 83% knockout ratio, many of which came from relentless attacks.
Two of his most memorable fights were those against Chris Eubank Sr. The bouts are unforgettable for fans who were lucky enough to watch, and were so thrilling that they’ve managed to come back around via the fighters’ sons.
Nigel, now happily retired, returns to the ring to be a cornerman for Conor, who faces Chris Eubank Jr in a fight sold on the family rivalry. Back in the nineties, he lost one and drew one with Eubank Sr. It’s something that, through Conor, Nigel will want to put right – although he may not be too keen to admit it.
‘The Dark Destroyer’ spoke to Matchroom Boxing ahead of the fight. Whilst his son certainly has that trademark all or nothing style and packs a bit of power, too, Nigel says there’s one big difference between them as fighters.
“How he trains – he trains like a gladiator. So focused. I’ve never seen that. It weren’t in me, because I’d be out there partying one way [and] burning the candle at the other. But Conor’s completely different to me. Completely different.”
Conor is keen to tell people that he’s been crushing it in the gym, and now he has a co-sign from his dad who’s witnessed it himself. Nigel went on to say that, if both were at their peaks, his son would be much better and that there was no comparison.
It’s about as much praise as a son could ask for from his dad – especially one who retired from the sport with 42 wins from 28 fights. However, despite the glowing reviews inside the ring, outside there’s one issue he was keen to point out.
“We’re just the same. He can’t dress good though. His dress sense, mate. Oh my gosh. He won’t take [my advice], mate, he thinks I’m an old man.”
The family duo seems to be on the same page and thriving in training together, which can only spell danger for Eubank Jr. In fact, so happy is the camp that the only disagreement in the run up to fight might be what Benn wears on his ring walk.