Issue | Opinion | Premium | Sep 24 2019

A message to Nigel Benn: Don’t do it!

Former contender John Scully continues to spar into his 50s yet he knows moving back into competing would be a bad move. We asked for his view on Nigel Benn's mooted comeback
Nigel Benn
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JOHN “ICE” SCULLY last fought professionally in 2001. Today he is part of IBF light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev’s training team and boxing remains the biggest passion in his life. The 52-year-old continues to train and spar, because he still can and he enjoys it, but he’s aware of the tricks that such activity can play on an ageing mind. Scully seeks out regular medical examinations to monitor the health of his brain and body and, importantly, he is well aware of his limits. Here he reveals his thoughts to Boxing News about the problems that could face Nigel Benn as the British legend prepares to return to boxing at the age of 55 and after a 23-year layoff.

Nigel Benn this week announces his comeback at the age of 55. What is your view on boxers fighting at that age?

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