FORMER WBO middleweight and WBC super-middleweight world titlist Nigel Benn (45-5-1, 35 KOs) had to shoulder plenty of criticism after announcing his decision to fight Sakio Bika on November 23 under the auspices of the BIBA and, somewhat ironically, he has had to call the fight off after picking up a shoulder injury in training yesterday.
In a statement released on his behalf, Benn’s appointed spokesperson was quick to point out that: “Father Time has NOT caught up with him at all, as his preparation and sparring had actually progressed better than expected at this stage of his preparation. Nigel had several anti-inflammatory injections, primarily into one shoulder joint last week, but this treatment has failed in its efforts to reduce the acute pain that is significantly affecting his punching power and full movement on one side.
“He is devastated at this setback. Years of organisation has gone into this event, and many people (aside from himself) will be affected by his inability to fight. This setback will likely mean that he will never get the closure he sought.”