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Nigel Benn ‘hands over the baton’ to son Conor

Nigel Benn comments on the injury that stopped his comeback
Nigel Benn
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NIGEL BENN has been forced to call off his controversial comeback fight after sustaining a shoulder injury in training. The 55-year-old had been due to face Sakio Bika in a one-off contest sanctioned by the British and Irish Boxing Authority at the Resort World Arena in Birmingham on November 23, but he announced this week that he will not fight again.

“I had to call it quits today,” Benn said in a video message on social media on Monday night. “I was sparring with Craig Richards. I had two cortisone injections, but I wanted to have a hard spar with him today and it just wasn’t happening. My shoulder started playing up, I couldn’t throw the right hand at all.

“I just really want to thank you, for being there through thick and thin. Without you lot I wouldn’t be the man I am today. Today is the day that I hand over the baton to my son, Conor, who’s going to carry on the name. With me, it comes to an end. Thank you for all your support, I don’t know where I’d be without you.”


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