History | Nov 09 2018

On This Day: Steve Collins ends the career of Nigel Benn in Manchester

Nigel Benn realises the fire has gone out following second loss to Steve Collins, writes Matt Bevan
Nigel Benn
Nigel Benn  |  Action Images/Nick Potts

THE super-middleweight division has always been a favourite on these shores and in the early to mid-1990’s, three men enthralled and entertained the masses.

Chris Eubank originally led the way, but Nigel Benn and eventually Steve Collins took over, with Collins holding two victories over both his rivals and on November 9 1996 Collins recorded a second victory over Benn; the last time we saw “The Dark Destroyer” in the ring.

The two men returned to the scene of their first fight, the then-named Nynex Arena in Manchester, where Collins had initially vanquished Benn in four rounds, when the slugger retired on his stool due an ankle injury.