BENN v EUBANK 3 ON THE HORIZON?
By TOM WATT on Aug 11 2015
More than twenty years since their now legendary second fight, it seems Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank could be lacing up the gloves yet again to face each other in a third and final fight in the UK. Negotiations between the camps are ongoing for a fight in early 2016 with Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium the likely venue due to its capacity and retractable roof.
The first fight took place in November 1990, at the Birmingham NEC for the WBO Middleweight Title with Eubank winning by 9th round TKO. Next time the pair met was at Old Trafford for the much anticipated rematch, this time for the WBO and WBC Super Middleweight Titles and 42,000 fans saw the thrilling encounter that ended in a draw. Many saw those fights as the highlight of British Boxing in the 90s, fights that captured the public’s imagination and are still talked about to this day – when Carl Froch gave George Groves his rematch at Wembley, the first comparisons drawn were with Benn and Eubank’s classic battles in Birmingham and Manchester.
Now it seems that the long-time rivals are at it again. There is no doubt that both men have passed their peak but the sentiment, history and rivalry of this fight will undoubtedly capture the imagination and make this an exciting event. Speaking with Nigel Benn recently he has said he is in better condition physically and mentally than he was when he finished his career having committed to his faith and moved away from the party lifestyle he enjoyed in his younger years.
Eubank for his part has always kept himself in good condition and you would expect that he wouldn’t consider another fight if he didn’t feel his body would cope. Eubank’s camp has been relatively quiet in discussing the fight publicly but according to Benn negotiations continue although as with any negotations including Team Eubank (Jr or Sr), progress is slow and at some points frustrating.
“I’m doing business with an eccentric black man, and it’s hard work.
He’s trying to play all these little games and I aint got time for that” - Benn
Whether or not we will see this fight between two legends of the Sport in the UK is yet to be seen but having changed his lifestyle dramatically since his younger days, a revitalised Benn feels he is in better condition now that he was for many of his fights in his youth.
See my chat with Nigel Benn this past weekend backstage at the Professional Boxing Australia debut show
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