THE eagerly awaited return between bitter rivals Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn occurred on October 9, 1992. It was hosted by Manchester United’s Old Trafford, and the 42,000 who crammed into the stadium to witness the fight were dwarfed by the estimated 16.5million who watched on ITV.
THE terrestrial station paid £1.5 million to secure the rights to broadcast the fight live in the UK.
BOTH Eubank’s WBO super-middleweight title, and Benn’s WBC belt were on the line. It was reported that Benn – who had lost their 1990 opener in nine rounds – had paid the WBO’s sanctioning fee of £10,000 so the bout would remain a unification showdown.