A Midland’s treat for ‘The Dark Destroyer’ fans

Nigel ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Benn greets Boxing journalist and Coach Jason Lowe, who is flanked by Scott Murray owner of the Cannock’s No1 Sports Bar at the Premier Suite

Nigel ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Benn greets Boxing journalist and Coach Jason Lowe, who is flanked by Scott Murray owner of the Cannock’s No1 Sports Bar at the Premier Suite

Nigel Benn, the former World Super-Middleweight Boxing Champion flew in from Australia recently to speak to loyal fans in the Midlands about how he loved the sport of boxing and hated the politics that ruin it.

The legendary out spoken Londoner, AKA ‘The Dark Destroyer’ gave an honest account of his life in the streets of London, growing up as a tear away and then joining the British army.

He was candid about his amateur boxing and how he won 41 fights with only 4 losses.

When he realised he could fight and get paid for it, he decided to turn professional in 1987 and winning his first fight in the second round.

Nigel Benn had 22 straight wins as a pro and all of them by stoppage. However his 23rd fight was against Michael Watson. Watson went on to stop Benn in 6 rounds.

The Following year he was beat by Eubanks at Birmingham’s NEC, his second loss.

Between him and Watson Nigel had 5 fights winning them all, however Chris stopped the fight in 9, making Benn the angriest man in the World.

When he got the chance to fight Chris again in 1993, it went all the way and declared a draw.

He never did get a chance to fight Eubanks again.

However he did end up fighting Gerald McClellan in 1995 and we all know the outcome of that sad ending to such a powerful fighter.

Remember, four years before Chris fought Watson and after that fight, Eubanks was never the same boxer. When Benn fought Gerald, you could see the difference in his later fights. However that’s boxing and all who enter know the possible dangers that lurk around the corners from being hit in the right place but at the wrong time, so to speak.

He finished his days in the ring with two big matches against Ireland’s very own Steve Collins. At this stage, anything that could go right for Benn, didn’t. Both fights saw him retire, 1st fight in the 4th and the 2nd in the 6th.

In his time he won the Commonwealth Middleweight title, WBC middleweight and the WBC Super middleweight. He did go for the WBO Super middleweight but this was owned by Steve Collins.

The event was held at Cannock’s No1 Sports Bar at the Premier Suite and at least 200 people attended this great night. Everybody had a chance to meet Benn and speak with him, have a photo taken and get the odd item signed for keeps sake.

Living now at the other end of this World will see this boxing British icon visit less and less over the years.

Scott Murray owner of the Cannock’s No1 Sports Bar at the Premier Suite hosts these fantastic nights and for me it’s a must never to miss. He has the current reigning super middleweight champion of the world Carl ‘THE COBRA’ Froch here on June 18th where Carl has agreed to say who he is fighting next and will he retire after that? All will be revealed! Bar Sports will also see Roy Jones Jnr there later this year.

Ticket hotline for these shows are 01543 572092. Bronze for Carl Froch is £55.00 silver is £75.00 and Gold is £150.00.

Full details can be obtained info@premier-suite.co.uk or at www.premier-suite.co.uk