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yogib 4:25 Thu Jun 29
Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Madness at 50+

Nigel Benn and Steve Collins have told BBC Sport they have agreed a rematch - even though neither man has fought since the 1990s and both are over 50.

Benn, 53, and Collins, 52, were once among the biggest names in the super-middleweight division.

Dublin-born Collins has twice beaten Londoner Benn, who retired after their second fight in 1996.

Details of the third fight are yet to be agreed but Benn expects it to take place in October or November.

Nigel Benn and Steve Collins agree to rematch after 21 years
By Kal Sajad
BBC Sport
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Benn and Collins to fight again - 21 years on
Nigel Benn and Steve Collins have told BBC Sport they have agreed a rematch - even though neither man has fought since the 1990s and both are over 50.

Benn, 53, and Collins, 52, were once among the biggest names in the super-middleweight division.

Dublin-born Collins has twice beaten Londoner Benn, who retired after their second fight in 1996.

Details of the third fight are yet to be agreed but Benn expects it to take place in October or November.

The history

Nigel Benn and Steve Collins
Benn, nicknamed 'The Dark Destroyer', held the WBO middleweight title and the WBC super-middleweight belt before retiring as a fighter following his second defeat by Collins at the Manchester Arena in November 1996.

First fight - 6 July 1996, Manchester

Collins ended Chris Eubank's unbeaten record to win the WBO super-middleweight title in 1995, and successfully defended the title seven times, include twice against Benn.

Benn came into the first fight in July 1996 having lost his WBC World super middleweight title to Thulani Malinga.

Collins stopped his opponent in the fourth round, with Benn suffering an ankle injury, but the pair then had a rematch just four months later.

Second fight - 9 November 1996, Manchester

Benn went into the rematch seeking revenge, but Collins was relentless in his attacking strategy.

The Englishman battled through to the end of round six before retiring in his corner. Collins had two more fights, retaining his WBO title, retiring in July 1997.

How did we get here?

Benn, whose son Conor made his professional debut in April 2016, has talked up the possibility of a return to the ring before.

An attempt to organise a rematch with old rival Eubank came to nothing, but both Benn and Collins have indicated that they are ready to fight each other again.

If the British Boxing Board of Control refuses to sanction the bout, both fighters have said they would seek a boxing licence from abroad.

"It's about the final chapter," Benn said. "It's about closure.

"I was going backwards and forwards with Chris and I thought: 'I wouldn't have a problem with Steve.' So I asked him if he wants to fight. He said yes. No mucking about."

Collins has not fought in almost 20 years, with an attempt to come out of retirement in 1999 halted when he collapsed during a sparring session.

The Irishman has also talked of fighting again in recent years, saying in a 2013 interview that he wanted to take on Roy Jones Jr.

Collins, whose son Steve Jr has been a professional boxer since 2013, said his motivations for taking on the fight with Benn were financial.

"It's just about money, a payday which will allow me to buy some more land," he said.

"I have no problem with Nigel. I have a lot of respect. I like him."

'I am Nigel "Benjamin Button" Benn'

Benn still has the power according to Rio Olympian and now professional fighter Joe Cordina
Benn still has the power, according to Joe Cordina, the 2016 Olympic fighter who has since turned professional
Since his retirement, Benn has helped train young boxers, and has also made a career as a DJ - while in 2002, he appeared as a contestant in the first series of ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

He said that he feels in the best shape of his life, comparing himself to Benjamin Button, the F Scott Fitzgerald character who becomes younger in appearance as he gets older.

Benn added that he felt fitter now than he did at his professional peak, a time during which he said he was smoking cannabis and struggling with troubles in his personal life.

"I'm not angry any more and I can have everything I ever want," he said. "I am Nigel 'Benjamin Button' Benn. I feel like I am in my thirties."

Collins, nicknamed 'The Celtic Warrior', has worked as an actor since his last professional fight, appearing in the 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

He is confident that he will be cleared medically to fight Benn, despite the collapse that prevented his comeback in the late 1990s.

"I am not fighting a 20-year-old-guy," he said. "I'm fighting someone the same age as me. There's no disadvantage to anybody.

"I get medicals every year and the most impressive part is my MRI. 'Excellent' was how the neurosurgeon described it. I'm very healthy and very fit."

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Blunders 2:08 Tue Jul 4
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Private Dancer 12:59 Sat Jul 1
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!


I watched Raging Bull recently for the first time, properly anyway. Enjoyed it but didn't think it was that great, maybe it hasn't aged well?




Nah, it's you.

Private Dancer 12:59 Sat Jul 1
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
I watched Raging Bull recently for the first time, properly anyway. Enjoyed it but didn't think it was that great, maybe it hasn't aged well?

Cinderella Man is the best boxing film I've seen.

Eerie Descent 5:25 Fri Jun 30
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Fancy a cosy night in together one night next week and watching it, Sold0 son?

No cuddling obviously, we're not a pair of poofs.

Northern Sold 4:50 Fri Jun 30
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Saying that these days I’m more of a lover than a fighter…. It’s called maturing well

Northern Sold 4:43 Fri Jun 30
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Tools or no tools??

Gavros 4:34 Fri Jun 30
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Me v Sold0 on the undercard.

I'm gonna batter the fat fucker!

Northern Sold 4:30 Fri Jun 30
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
To be fair ED (you Millwall cunt) it’s not bad…. Ok it’s no raging Bull/Cinderella Man/The Fighter/Rocky II but it’s not bad at all….

Eerie Descent 3:10 Fri Jun 30
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You've had your pants pulled down there, because I have no intention of watching it, ever.

ONE NIL TO THE EEIRENATOR

Knavinge 2:52 Fri Jun 30
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
You've only had two years to watch it you faggot.

Eerie Descent 2:49 Fri Jun 30
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Yeah, well thanks for ruining the film.

Knavinge 1:44 Fri Jun 30
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
In Creed, Rocky told Creed Jr that Creed Sr won that fight.

JonWHUFC 1:11 Fri Jun 30
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Good article in the Metro on this today in the Colin Murray Friday special. I like reading his bit as he is very amusing imo. He backs this because they both want to do it and the match up is o.k. He would not have been a fan if one of them was coming back to fight a 30 year old etc. On the Licence bit he said the British Boxing Board or whatever they are called would not grant one to either boxer but there are ways round this and they will get ones from elsewhere. He said that rumours of both fighters entering the ring using a Stennah Stair Lift may be false!!!! He also poised a good question of who won the re-match between Rocky and Apollo Creed at the end of Rocky III when they fight for fun at the end. Apollo rings the imaginary bell and they both throw a punch as the film ends. He reckons Rocky would have won as he was match fit, Apollo had just shown him all his tricks, he would have been the more confident fighter having just beaten Clubber Lang and also had the better record between the two fighters (1W and 1D). Sometimes, I almost think the Rocky films are made up!

alfie romeo 12:44 Fri Jun 30
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cartis 5:31 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Anyone who loves Boxing sould be disgusted by this if true

I agree. it's just wrong at their age.

Mace66 6:19 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Pee Wee 5:00

I know it's wrong but ........












bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Blunders 6:17 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Yea, and what happened to the proposed Benn vs Eubank III at start of 2016?


Move along, nowt to see here.

Pee Wee 6:11 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Yeah he is.


Get Dara O'Brien commentating on it and it'd be like Robotwars

franksfat&slow&wank 6:07 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
pee wee
isn't Watson disabled or I got the wrong one?

goose 5:47 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
wont happen as they wont get a license.

are they both so desperate for the money/fame?

cartis 5:31 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
Anyone who loves Boxing sould be disgusted by this if true

Full Claret Jacket 5:19 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
No attraction to watch this or pay for the pleasure of it. Better fights down my local.

Pee Wee 5:00 Thu Jun 29
Re: Benn v Collins rematch this year!!!
If this isn't billed as 'The Dark Destroyer v The Darkie Destroyer' then the marketing men need shooting

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