Nigel Benn is risking his life when he comes back to the ring over 20 years in the wake since his last boxing bout, his previous manager said. Previous middleweight boxing champion Nigel Benn is coming back to the ring at 55 years old for an erratic battle, saying he needs “conclusion” on a lifelong cursed by medication misuse, depression and the demise of his sibling. Sadly, that eagerly awaited rebound battle against Sakio Bika subsequent to enduring shoulder damage has been canceled.“It’s been a long time coming,” said Benn, whose boxing nickname was the “Dark Destroyer.”
“This fight is all about me,” he said. “It wasn’t financial. It was always about the closure that I wanted that I never had.”
Former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion Benn had been due to fight Cameroon-born Australian Bika after a 23-year absence from the ring.
The battle was booked to happen at the Resort World Arena in Birmingham on November 23.
Only three weeks before the battle, Benn has been burglarized of the opportunity to take on Bika and admitted he had encountered issues with his shoulders a week ago.
The 55-year-old damage is accepted to have been gotten during a session at Matchroom Boxing’s exercise center. “I have been dreaming of a one-off fight for years and I’m heartbroken I’ve had to call it off.”
“This is my dream, and I hope boxing fans around the world will embrace my wishes, and support and respect the fact that this is my decision alone.”
Benn had been warned that he “could die” if he entered the ring for the fight by former manager Peter DeFreitas. Defreitas even admitted that he had feared for Benn’s health if he were to step back into the ring.
“I haven’t said a word about Nigel in 23 years but now he’s fighting again it’s time to talk,” DeFreitas said.
“I’m talking because I’m concerned – I fear for his life.”
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