Issue | News | Premium | Sep 28 2019

Why is Nigel Benn returning to the ring at 55 years of age?

Nigel Benn, his son, Conor, and Professor Michael Graham explain to Elliot Worsell why a 55-year-old boxer retired for 23 years needs to fight again
Nigel Benn
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NIGEL BENN is boxing again not for money or attention but closure and the thought of finding it was enough to have him welling up at a press conference on Thursday (September 26).

With once-fierce eyes filled with tears it became hard not to relate to him on a human level and easier to understand why, at 55 years of age, Benn wants to box Sakio Bika in a bout licenced by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) on November 23.

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