Titles: WBO middleweight champion 1990, WBC super middleweight champion 1992-1996 Record: 42-5-1 Born: January 22, 1964 in Ilford, England Years active: 1987-1996 Nickname: The Dark Destroyer There was no more exciting fighter in England from 1987 to 1996 than Nigel Benn. Benn had courage to spare and the kind of punch that could pull out a win at any stage of a fight. He also suffered from the same disease many other knockout punchers had, the lack of a strong chin and defensive holes left by his all out offensive style. Benn had good but not great boxing skills which were enhanced with his self confidence, power and superb fitness. Benn won his first 22 fights by knockout before he was himself knocked out by smooth boxing Michael Watson whose defense frustrated Benn into making mistakes. The former British Army soldier then decided to move his base of operations to America and after 3 victories got a WBO title shot against Doug DeWitt. In this fight we first saw the courage that was to win him more titles as he got off the canvas to floor DeWitt 4 times and stop him in the 8th round. His first title defense saw Benn as a underdog but he proved everyone wrong by knocking Iran Barkley down 3 times in the first round for the stoppage win. Benn would now fight and loose to his nemesis Chris Eubank in a fight that has to be considered one of the best of the 90's. The battle lasted 9 frightening rounds before the referee stepped in to halt it in favor Eubank. Benn again proved he was far from finished by knocking out Mauro Galvano in Italy for the WBC super middle weight title and winning a 12 round decision in a rematch. A rematch with Chris Eubank did not live up to expectations and ended in a 12 round draw though many think Benn should have been given the nod. Benn's career defining bout would be marred in tragedy as he overcame being knocked thru the ropes and hurt on several other occasions to stop the fierce hitting McClellan in the 10th round. This bout is one for the ages! It also took a lot out of Benn and mark the high point of his career. His focus after this fight was lost and would loose to awkward Thulani Malinga then retired and unretire in the coming years. At the end of his career he lost 2 more title shots to Steve Collins but the previous wars had taken their toll and these 2 fights should not detract form a outstanding career.
1987 28 Jan Graeme Ahmed England KO 2 3 Apr Kevin Roper England KO 1 22 Apr Bob Njeuwenhui England KO 1 9 May Winston Burnett England KO 4 7 Jun Reginald Marks England KO 1 1 Jul Leon Morris England KO 1 9 Aug Eddie Smith England KO 1 16 Sep Winston Burnett England KO 3 13 Oct Russell Barker England KO 1 3 Nov Ronnie Yeo England KO 1 24 Nov Ian Chantler England KO 1 2 Dec Reggie Miller England KO 7 1988 27 Jan Fermin Chirino England KO 2 7 Feb Byron Prince England KO 2 24 Feb Greg Taylor Wales KO 2 14 Mar Darren Hobsen England KO 1 20 Apr Abdul Sanda England KO 2 28 May Tim Williams England KO 2 26 Oct Anthony Logan England KO 2 10 Dec David Noel England KO 1 1989 8 Feb Michael Chilambe England KO 1 28 Mar Mbayo Wa Mbayo Scotland KO 2 21 May Michael Watson England KO by 6 20 Oct Jorge Amparo NJ W 10 1 Dec Jose Quinones NV KO 1 1990 14 Jan Sanderline Williams NJ W 10 29 Apr Doug DeWitt NJ KO 8 (Won WBO Middleweight Title) 18 Aug Iran Barkley NV KO 1 (Retained WBO Middleweight Title) 18 Nov Chris Eubank England KO by 9 (Lost WBO Middleweight Title) 1991 3 Apr Robbie Sims England KO 7 3 Jul Kid Milo England KO 4 26 Oct Lenzie Morgan England W 10 7 Dec Hector Lescano England KO 3 1992 19 Feb Dan Sherry England KO 3 23 May Thulane Malinga England W 10 3 Oct Mauro Galvano Italy KO 4 (Won WBC Super Middleweight Title) 12 Dec Nicky Piper England KO 11 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 1993 6 Mar Mauro Galvano Scotland W 12 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 26 Jun Lou Gent England KO 4 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 9 Oct Chris Eubank England D 12 (For WBO Super Middleweight Title, Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 1994 26 Feb Henry Wharton England W 12 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 10 Sep Juan Gimenez England W 12 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 1995 25 Feb Gerald McClellan England KO 10 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 22 Jul Vincenzo Nardiello England KO 8 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 2 Sep Danny Perez England KO 7 (Retained WBC Super Middleweight Title) 1996 2 Mar Thulane Malinga London L 12 (Lost WBC Super Middleweight Title) 6 Jul Steve Collins Manchester, England KO by 4 (For WBO Super Middleweight Title) 9 Nov Steve Collins Manchester, England KO by 6 (For WBO Super Middleweight Title)